NYC Winter Jazzfest Turns 12!

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The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST turns 12 years old in 2016.  The festival will feature over 100 different groups including more than 500 musicians over five days on 12 stages in and around Greenwich Village from January 13th through January 17th.  Winter Jazzfest upholds the continued mission to showcase top quality jazz to industry professionals, avid jazz fans, and new audiences.

Winter Jazzfest was established in 2005 with the goal of introducing underexposed artists – those that impacted the jazz scene of that period — to professional presenters attending the Arts Presenters Conference (APAP). At that time, jazz groups were underrepresented, although they were (and remain) culturally essential to the continued development and future of the music and audiences.  Winter Jazzfest is pleased to continue our mission of offering a forum for presenters and music enthusiasts to experience and support the future of jazz.

Winter Jazzfest 2016 is pleased to announce a unique curatorial partnership with ECM Records.  ECM and Winter Jazzfest will present 13 projects of ECM Records artists over two evenings.  Although renowned as the preeminent record label of progressive European jazz, ECM Records built its early reputation with a potent roster of American musicians. If the ECM pendulum swung naturally to Europe in subsequent decades the balance has been more even in recent years with the label now presenting a second wave of American jazz stars. Avishai Cohen, Chris Potter, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer are just four of thirteen leaders who will present music from recent and upcoming albums.

For the 2016 season Winter Jazzfest is also pleased to announce a new venue partnership with The School of Jazz at New School where artists will showcase on multiple stages. The School of Jazz at The New School, founded in 1986, is one of the most influential institutions of its kind. The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor approach to learning, its progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and our access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City.  Alumni of our school include musicians in every area of jazz, blues, and contemporary music: Peter Bernstein, Brad Mehldau, John Popper, Larry Goldings, Walter Blanding, Avishai Cohen, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Susie Ibarra, Ali M. Jackson, Vickie Natale, Bilal Oliver, Alex Skolnick, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Strickland, Manuel Valera, and many others.

In addition to the special relationship with ECM Records and The School of Jazz at The New School this year, the Winter Jazzfest will also include partnerships with and support from Steinway & Sons, WBGO, Revive Music, New York Hot Jazz Festival, BOOM Collective, and Search and Restore.

***Early bird Winter Jazzfest full festival passes are available now at winterjazzfest.com (Discounted passes available now through October 22nd, 2015)

Winter Jazzfest welcomes all Arts Presenter conference badge-holders to obtain a single discounted Two-Day Marathon Pass to the 2016 WINTER JAZZFEST (good for Jan 15 & 16) by emailing rsvp@winterjazzfest.com.  Only 2016 APAP Conference attendees are able to RSVP for the discounted pass.

Check Winter Jazzfest website and social media links below for the following festival updates:

– All Participating Venues

– Full Ticketing options

– Artist Lineup Announcements

– Festival Partners and Supporters


Website:  winterjazzfest.com

Twitter:   twitter.com/NYCWJF

Facebook:  facebook.com/WinterJazzfest

Instagram:  instagram.com/nycwjf 

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