Winter JazzFest is an annual January new jazz showcase of up-and-coming artists. Winter JazzFest 2015 opens with two headliner concerts on Thursday, January 8, followed by the traditional weekend jazz marathon on Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10.
Le Poisson Rouge158 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village
Winter JazzFest is an annual January new jazz showcase of up-and-coming artists at multiple venues in Greenwich Village.
Winter JazzFest 2015
Winter JazzFest 2015 presents over 100 acts at 10 venues in Greenwich Village. The Festival opens with two headliner concerts on January 8, followed by the traditional weekend jazz marathon on January 9 and 10.
Blue Note Now!
The Blue Note Now! opening night concert focuses on contemporary Blue Note recording artists: Robert Glasper Trio, José James, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott Oracle.
The show is at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, January 8 at 8pm (doors at 7pm).
Jazz Legends for Disability Pride
The Jazz Legends for Disability Pride opening night concert is a benefit to raise funds for an annual Disability Pride parade on July 12, 2015 here in New York City. The show features some jazz legends including: Ron Carter, Renee Rosnes, Russell Malone, Brad Mehldau, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Buster Williams, Mike LeDonne, Harold Mabern, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Bill Charlap, and Kenny Washington. Wow!
The show is at the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall on Thursday, January 8 from 7-9:30pm.
Winter JazzFest 2015 Artists with a Latin Heritage
Friday January 9 Shows
Arturo O’Farrill’s “Boss Level” Septet is led by Cuban-American pianist Arturo O’Farrill. They play at Subculture at 6pm.
The Dafnis Prieto Sextet is led by Cuban drummer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto. They play at Zinc Bar at 10:15pm.
Saturday January 10 Shows
The Edmar Castaneda Trio with Andrea Tierra is led by Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda of Bogotá. Andrea Tierra is also Colombian from Medellín. They play at Le Poisson Rouge at 6:30pm.
The Alfredo Rodríguez Trio is led by Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez. They play at Subculture at 7:15pm.
Troker is a Méxican jazz rock band from Guadalajara. They are playing Bowery Electric at 10:15pm. Later the band is playing an after party at Nublu in the East Village from midnight to 2am as part of Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions. Troker’s sound recalls 1970s jazz/rock and orchestral/rock. They are a perfect fit for Nublu.
Guadalajara is the home of Mariachi and you can hear a little of that flavor underneath too. For some reason Troker reminds me of the music I listened to in high school in Los Angeles back in the 1970s, artists like Frank Zappa, Genesis, Yes, Gong, and King Crimson. The band has been reaching out to Ximena and seem to be a cool bunch. In spite of the cold, they are really enjoying their first visit to New York. Troker is definitely worthy of a real New York welcome.
Troker plays “Principe Charro”
The Jay Rodriguez Seven is led by Colombian saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist Jay Rodriguez from Barranquilla. They play at Carroll Place at 11:30pm.
The Mino Cinélu World Jazz Ensemble is led by French percussionist Mino Cinélu. They play at Zinc Bar at 11:30pm.
Winter JazzFest 2015 Venues
Part of the appeal of Winter JazzFest is that most of the venues are close to each other in the heart of Greenwich Village. With a Festival pass, you can walk from one venue to another to catch the acts you want to see. Do arrive early because many shows play to a full house.
This year’s venues are:
- Judson Church
- Zinc Bar
- Greenwich House Music School
- Minetta Lane Theatre
- The Players Theater
- Le Poisson Rouge
- Carroll Place
- Bitter End
- Bowery Electric
Winter JazzFest 2014
In 2014 Winter JazzFest celebrates its 10th anniversary #WJF2014 at 10 venues, over 5 nights and with over 90 Jazz groups with 400 musicians.
This year there are special shows on January 7-8-9 (Tuesday~Thursday) and the usual marathon on Friday and Saturday January 10-11.
It’s not a Latin culture event, but there are always Latin artists in the mix. Jazz artists with a Latin heritage scheduled for 2014 include:
~ Abraxas (Sephardic) 1:30am Saturday January 11th at Subculture
~ Aruan Ortiz Orbiting Quartet (Cuban) 1am Saturday January 11th at NYU Law
~ Helado Negro (Ecuadorian) Tuesday January 7th, 8pm
~ Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Duo (French) 7pm Saturday January 11th at Judson Church
~ Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, NYC
~ Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery NYC
~ Groove, 125 Macdougal St, NYC
~ Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South NYC
~ Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street NYC
~ NYU Lounge, 40 Washington Square South NYC
~ Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street NYC
~ The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street NYC
~ The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street NYC
~ Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street NYC
JANUARY 7~11, 2014
The Winter JazzFest showcase was started in 2005. It gives artists exposure to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters whose conference is in town at the same time. Performers play short 45-minute sets of mostly new music. The event sells out. If you want to attend, get your tickets in advance.
Le Poisson Rouge is a multimedia music and performance venue founded by musicians at the site of the Village Gate, a historic Latin music and jazz club.