PRAISE FOR 2017 WINTER JAZZFEST:

Conceptually and musically, Winter Jazzfest pushes the genre forward. The event is a yearly retort to the story of jazz told as old growth woodland. Fresh blades of creativity live here and grow in the canopy of the music’s history. New ambition and a strident transformation is the chief attraction.
— NPR
The marathons are just one component of the six-day-long Winter Jazzfest, which has become one of the most important annual showcases of new talent in jazz.
— The Seattle Times
The Winter Jazzfest lineup reminds us there are people working hard and creating challenging, joyous and diverse music and plenty who want to see it happen. WJF also helped us prepare politically and emotionally for the coming Trump years by declaring a theme of social justice that permeated its literature and testimonials from its artists.
— Feast Of Music
This year the Winter Jazzfest intensified the stakes with a presiding theme of social justice, which emerged organically out of the programming but then became a kind of directive.
— The New York Times
The Winter Jazzfest — and specifically its two-night, dozens-of-artists-strong marathon — is programmed to show just how young and diverse the genre is.
— Billboard Magazine
...a weeklong bash showcasing both iconic elder statesmen and young innovative blood from across the jazz spectrum.
— Time Out New York
WJF demonstrated that traditional songs, played in traditional style, can be jazz’s strongest messenger.
— Downbeat
The festival is about giving jazz artists a platform, and to further educate the masses about jazz’s continued growth with each successive generation of artists and listeners.
— Observer
Over the past five years or so, a critical mass of jazz musicians...have begun making music tied explicitly to racial consciousness...It’s a throwback to a more socially radical time in jazz, when musicians were producing art linked to Afrocentrism, anti-colonialism, and the civil rights movement. Times have changed, but the issues have remained salient, as movements like Black Lives Matter push race relations back into the forefront of the national dialogue. This year the Winter JazzFest, which will close with a performance by Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, received so many performer submissions with a focus on racial and social justice that making the theme official was only natural.
— The Village Voice

2017 Winter JazzFest Coverage:

New York Times Review of 2017 jazzfest

Winter jazzfest as social justice in the New York times

THE O'FARRILLS CELEBRATE MONK ON THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW ON WNYC

THIRTEEN/WLIW/NJTV METROFOCUS INTERVIEW WITH BRICE ROSENBLOOM

FESTIVAL PREVIEW IN THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE

Sam Amidon Preview from The New Yorker Magazine

6 WJF ACTS TO WATCH FOR BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

SOCIAL JUSTICE FEATURE IN THE VILLAGE VOICE

PREVIEW IN THE GOTHAMIST

SEATTLE TIMES FESTIVAL REVIEW

FEAST OF MUSIC FESTIVAL PREVIEW

FEAST OF MUSIC FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW

FEAST OF MUSIC SATURDAY NIGHT PREVIEW

FEAST OF MUSIC MARATHON PREVIEW

READ A PREVIEW IN JAZZTIMES HERE

TIMEOUT NY'S 10 ACTS NOT TO MISS AT WINTER JAZZFEST

TIME OUT NEW YORK'S WINTER JAZZFEST GUIDE HERE

PHAROAH SANDERS RECALLS EARLY DAYS IN NYC FOR NY1 SEGMENT (WATCH HERE)

NY1 PREVIEW 'YOUR WEEKEND STARTS NOW’

OBSERVER.COM FEATURE HERE 

CRITICS CHOICE - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

FESTIVAL PREVIEW IN AM-NY

MEDIUM.COM FESTIVAL REVIEW HERE

BKLYNER.COM INTERVIEW WITH BRICE ROSENBLOOM

BROOKLYN RAIL PREVIEW HERE

BROOKLYN VEGAN PREVIEW HERE

OPENSKYJAZZ INTERVIEW WITH BRICE ROSENBLOOM HERE

NY LATIN CULTURE PREVIEW HERE

ZEALNYC PREVIEW HERE

SUGA’ IN MY BOWL (WBAI-FM) PREVIEW HERE

NEW YORK TIMES PREVIEW OF WINTER JAZZFEST HERE

DUBERA FESTIVAL PREVIEW HERE

JAZZDELAPENA.COM FESTIVAL PREVIEW HERE

THE BEAT - THE DRUMMER'S GUIDE TO WINTER JAZZFEST HERE

LAMENT FOR A STRAIGHT LINE PREVIEW HERE

BROOKLYN RAIL PODCAST “RAIL TRACKS” DECEMBER EDITION HERE

review of winter jazzfest from newswhistle here

Review of the festival from Jazzism (Netherlands) HERE

Review in the New York City Jazz Record HERE

PGH City Paper review HERE

'Diary of a Mad Composer' Piece in Brooklyn Rail Here

Evan Haga review Here

Review in Paste Magazine Here

 

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13th Annual NYC Winter Jazzfest :: January 5-10, 2017 :: At 14 Venues Across Downtown Manhattan (posted November 3, 2016) HERE

Winter Jazzfest 2017 Announces 30+ Additional Acts, SOB's Added As New Official Venue (posted November 15, 2016) HERE

Winter Jazzfest 2017 Announces New York Hot Jazz Fest Lineup at The Django, FULL Sam Amidon Extended Lineup + Annual Jazz Legends for Disability Pride (posted November 22, 2016) HERE

Winter Jazzfest 2017 Announces Full Schedule with New Featured Revive Musical Acts Including Marcus Gilmore, Chris Dave and others (posted December 2, 2016) HERE

The jazz equivalent to CMJ…
— Village Voice
A strategic overload of jazz and improvised music, now into its 11th year…
— Nate Chinen, The New York Times
Winter Jazzfest has become the definitive jazz happening.
— A Blog Supreme, NPR Jazz

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