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LE POISSON ROUGE
7PM  DOORS / 8PM SHOW

The kick-off concert on Wednesday January 13th celebrates collective creativity as a whole, featuring three groups that don’t have a designated leader. The Ex travel from Amsterdam on the shoulders of a 30+ year career of musical evolution, from the punk world and gathering experience and influences from Ethiopian funk to improvised jazz. Bill Laswell and Colin Stetson have their own rich histories as solo performers and ensemble members, and at this show their minds, fingers and breaths will meet as one. Happy Apple were born in the late 90’s in Minneapolis, and feature WJF artist in residence Dave King, as well as saxophonist Mike Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke, coming back together for a rare New York / planet Earth appearance.

 

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The signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon is scheduled for Friday January 15th and Saturday January 16th.  This two-night event straddles venues on the North and South ends of Greenwich Village, taking over five stages at The New School and six stages South of Washington Square Park including returning venues Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Memorial Church, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Greenwich House Music School, and an added stage at the Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR.  More than 100 groups will perform over the two nights including returning festival performers Amir Elsaffar, Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, Marc Cary, Lakecia Benjamin, Dawn of Midi, Cyrus Chestnut, Julian Lage, Sexmob and more.  Winter Jazzfest is pleased to showcase performers making their festival debuts including Chargaux, Gogo Penguin, Cory Henry, James Francies, Sarah Neufeld, and jazz veterans Christian McBride and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Other new projects will include Burnt Sugar performing the music of Ornette Coleman, Sun-Ra, and Wayne Shorter, and Joey Arias’s Basic Black.  Continuing a tradition of supporting like-minded jazz presenters Winter Jazzfest is pleased to again feature the unique programming visions of Revive Music and New York Hot Jazz Festival who will each curate their own stages during these two-nights.  

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LE POISSON ROUGE
5PM DOORS / 6PM SHOW

On Sunday January 17th the festival will close with a John Coltrane project by San Francisco Bay Area saxophone quartet Rova.  With an all-star cast of New York improvisers celebrating the DVD/BluRay release of Channeling Coltrane, Rova presents a NY premiere performance of their Electric Ascension – a 21st century reimagining of John Coltrane’s late master work Ascension.  Famed for its monumental scale and raw emotional power, John Coltrane’s milestone recording, Ascension, was released on LP 50 years ago in 1966.  It now gets a 21st century reimagining and arrangement by Rova, and its first NY show at Winter Jazzfest, featuring special guests Nels Cline (who has appeared in all but one of Rova’s 11 performances of this show since 2003), Zeena Parkins, Nate Wooley, Ikue Mori, Trevor Dunn, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Burnham and Jason Kao Hwang, plus the four Rova stalwarts on saxophones.  True to Coltrane’s intentions, the sonic landscape of Electric Ascension changes with every performance, depending on the cast of musicians, and the tenor of the moment.  Julian Lage performs a solo opening set. 

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Jazz Legends for Disability Pride is a fund raiser Jazz concert on Jan 14, 2016 in partnership with the 2016 NYC Winter Jazzfest.  Jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes, Bill Charlap, Monty Alexander and many others will be featured. Because of this fund raiser last year Disability Pride NYC was able to realize the first annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City held on July 12, 2015. This is a night of music you will never forget because you will be part of something much deeper than simply a Jazz concert. You will experience a night of music that features the finest Jazz musicians in the world coming together and donating their talents in support of a very important and worthy cause. When that happens there’s a depth that is added to the music, and the night, that is truly unique.

Disability Pride NYC is a not for profit started by Jazz pianist/organist Mike LeDonne whose 11 year old daughter, Mary, is disabled. Our goal is to instill a sense of pride in the community and change the public perception of people with disabilities. One of the ways we will accomplish this goal is by establishing an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City. We aim to support people with disabilities in whatever way we can.

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The signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon is scheduled for Friday January 15th and Saturday January 16th.  This two-night event straddles venues on the North and South ends of Greenwich Village, taking over five stages at The New School and six stages South of Washington Square Park including returning venues Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Memorial Church, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Greenwich House Music School, and an added stage at the Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR.  More than 100 groups will perform over the two nights including returning festival performers Amir Elsaffar, Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, Marc Cary, Lakecia Benjamin, Dawn of Midi, Cyrus Chestnut, Julian Lage, Sexmob and more.  Winter Jazzfest is pleased to showcase performers making their festival debuts including Chargaux, Gogo Penguin, Cory Henry, James Francies, Sarah Neufeld, and jazz veterans Christian McBride and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Other new projects will include Burnt Sugar performing the music of Ornette Coleman, Sun-Ra, and Wayne Shorter, and Joey Arias’s Basic Black.  Continuing a tradition of supporting like-minded jazz presenters Winter Jazzfest is pleased to again feature the unique programming visions of Revive Music and New York Hot Jazz Festival who will each curate their own stages during these two-nights.  

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WEBSTER HALL
6PM DOORS / 7PM SHOW

Winter Jazzfest welcomes Kamasi Washington and guests to Webster Hall.  Set down an inspiring musical path by his father, musician, and educator Rickey Washington, Kamasi was constantly surrounded with music and consumed it with heart and head.  It became clear early on that jazz would be his life’s quest with the saxophone as his voice.  That voice has developed and matured into a unique yet redemptive soul stirring sound with nods to the spirits of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Weather Report.  Riding high on deserved accolades from his 2015 release of "The Epic" on Brainfeeder, and recent sold out concerts in NYC and beyond, LA-based Kamasi Washington energizes audiences with his strong anthemic sound that is both delightfully overwhelming and fully immersive.