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How to Do Winter Jazzfest 2014

Winter Jazzfest takes over the West Village Friday night, Jan 10 and then Saturday, Jan 11. Tickets (available in advance at the Poisson Rouge box office) are not cheap, but considering what you get, it’s still quite the bargain. The best deal is the $55 two-day pass for Friday and Saturday, which if you choose your spots wisely, will get you in to see $200 or more worth of talent, at jazz club prices anyway. More on that a little later.

Your second-best deal is the one-night $35 pass. At the top end, there’s a $95 package available that gets you Friday and Saturday plus a show on Jan 7 at the Poisson Rouge with Bobby Previte’s Terminals featuring So Percussion, John Medeski and Nels Cline; an orchestra seat for the Blue Note 75th anniversary show at the Town Hall the following night, Jan 8 with Jason Moran and a bunch of others; plus another show at the Poisson Rouge on Jan 9. And even at over ninety bucks, the total comes to less than $20 a ticket. Admittedly, not many of us have the means or the time to go out five nights in a row like that, but if you do, it’s not a bad deal.

If you have to choose between Friday or Saturday night, go Friday. This patch of bad weather isn’t supposed to let up until Jazzfest weekend, so by then people will be stir-crazy and the lines to get into the Bleecker Street area venues willl be longer than they were last year, especially on Saturday night. Friday night, if you get where you’re going early, you stand a good chance of seeing who you want to see. Saturday night, if you don’t pick a venue and settle in for the duration, you may get shut out: last year, the lines outside were pretty bad by 8 and pretty much stopped moving by 9. Plus, the quality of the acts on the bill is even stronger this year than last year, and last year’s lineup was pretty great: For example, Henry Threadgill is playing a Butch Morris tribute at Judson Church on Washington Square South on Saturday at 8 and 10 PM and you know lines for that will be insane.

The full lineup is at the bottom of the page (check the festival schedule for the latest updates). Some suggestions: Friday night, you might want to start at LPR with Melissa Aldana, who’s probably gassed since she won that competition, and then head over to the Bitter End for an explosive threepeat of Jon Irabagon and whatever trio he has, then the Jazz Passengers, then Burnt Sugar Arkestra with hilarious, ageless sage Melvin Van Peebles. After that, Ben Goldberg’s Unfold Ordinary Mind – hopefully with Nels Cline in the lineup – have a twistedly amazing album out and should be able to outdo that live over at NYU Law, a new and untested venue for this sort of thing. Or just stick around for trumpeter Ben Holmes and his Balkan-influenced quartet, who also have a very strong album out.

Saturday night the obvious draw is Threadgill. If you’re going, get to the church as close to six as you can. Doors should be at around 6:30, and the opening 7 PM duo of Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman is very much worth seeing as well. Otherwise, your best bet, pound for pound, is to settle in when the doors open at NYU Law and get psyched to be blasted by Mostly Other People Do the Killing and then eventually Elliott Sharp’s Orchestra Carbon. Or, on a slightly less jazz-oriented tip, the Bowery Electric trifecta of Slavic Soul Party doing Ellington’s Far East Suite, Wicked Knee with Billy Martin, Curtis Fowlkes, Marcus Rojas and Steven Bernstein  and then the No BS Brass should be lots of fun. Or even take a chance and catch Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at Subculture at 6 PM and then sprint over to Bowery, which is just four short blocks away. What you DON’T want to do Saturday night is more around a lot because the later it gets, the slimmer the odds that you’ll be able to get in anywhere.

Friday January 10th, 2014

Le Poisson Rouge:
6:00pm            Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
7:15pm            Keren Ann
8:30pm            Dawn of Midi
9:45pm            Jeff “Tain” Watts & Lionel Loueke
11:00pm          Roy Hargrove Quintet

Judson Church:
6:15pm            TBA
7:30pm            Otto Hauser etc.
8:45pm            Roomful of Teeth
10:00pm          Mary Halvorson Septet
11:15pm          Peter Brötzmann w/ Hamid Drake and Jason Adasiewicz
12:30pm          Improvised Round Robin Duets w/ artists TBA

6:30pm            Sharel Cassity Quintet
7:45pm            Gary Bartz Quartet
9:00pm            Takuya Kurada
10:15pm          Otis Brown III f. Jimmy Greene
11:30pm          Kris Bowers Group
12:45am          Gizmo w/ special guest Casey Benjamin
2:00am            Big Yuki

NYU Law:
6:45pm            Ben Wendel Quartet
8:00pm            Ches Smith Trio
9:15pm            Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain
10:30pm          Chris Lightcap & Bigmouth
11:45pm          Ben Goldberg’s Unfold Ordinary Mind
1:00am            Aruan Ortiz Orbiting Quartet

The Bitter End:
6:15pm            Blue Cranes
7:30pm            Matt Ulery’s Loom
8:45pm            Jon Irabagon Trio
10:00pm          The Jazz Passengers
11:15pm          Burnt Sugar Arkestra Review with Melvin Van Peebles, Vernon Reid etc.
12:30am          Ben Holmes Quartet
1:45am            Thiefs

Zinc Bar:
6:30pm            Antoine Roney Trio featuring Kojo
7:45pm            Zee Avi
9:00pm            Rene Marie
10:15pm          Gregoire Maret w/ Terri Lyne Carrington
11:30pm          3rd Eye 4tet: McPherson, Waits, Burton, Hurt
12:45am          Roman Diaz & Midnight Rumba

Saturday January 11th 2014

Le Poisson Rouge:
6:00pm            Tillery featuring Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens
7:15pm            Rudy Royston 303
8:30pm            Mother Falcon
9:45pm            Gretchen Parlato
11:00pm          Big Chief Donald Harrison & Congo Square Nation
12:15am          Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

1:30am            Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Judson Church:
7:00pm            Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Duo
8/10 PM            Henry Threadgill’s ‘Ensemble Double-Up’ In Remembrance of Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris
11:45pm         Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog w/ Mary Halvorson
1:00am            Matthew Shipp Trio

6:30pm            James Brandon Lewis
7:40pm            Theo Croker
8:50pm            Jeff Ballard Trio
10:00pm          Nir Felder
11:10pm          Somi
12:20am          Craig Handy
1:00am            Okeh Records Jam

NYU Law:
6:45pm            Miles Okazaki Quartet
8:00pm            Endangered Blood
9:15pm            Mostly Other People Do The Killing
10:30pm          EYEBONE: Nels / Jim Black
11:45pm          Elliott Sharp’s Orchestra Carbon
1:00am            Chris Morrissey Quartet

The Bitter End:
6:15pm            Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba
7:30pm            Howard Johnson & Gravity
8:45pm            Angelika Niescier
10:00pm          Raul Midon
11:15pm          Meklit
12:30am          Jamie Baum Septet +
1:45am            Trees in Tongues w/ Samita Sinha, Grey McMurray, and Sunny Jain

Zinc Bar:
6:30pm            Ted Poor Quartet
7:45pm            Morgan James
9:00pm            Don Byron’s Six Musician Group
10:15pm          Trio Feral
11:30pm          Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad
12:45am          Marc Cary Focus Trio
2:00am            Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, Jesse Lewis

6:00pm            Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
7:15pm            Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet
8:30pm            Mark Helias Open Loose
9:45pm            Tim Berne Snakeoil
11:00pm          Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo
12:15am          Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge
1:30am            ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s Book of Angels by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

Bowery Electric:
6:30pm            Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music
7:45pm            Slavic Soul Party! plays Ellington: the Far East Suite
9:00pm            Wicked Knee w/ Billy Martin, Curtis Fowlkes, Marcus Rojas, and Steven Bernstein
10:15pm          No BS! Brass

The Blue Note:
12:30am          The NEXT Collective

January 2, 2014 - Posted by | concert, jazz, Live Events, Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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