Threadgill, Glasper & Moran To Play New York’s Winter Jazzfest
Posted 12/30/2013

The 10th annual Winter Jazzfest is set to take place at a host of venues in New York from Jan. 7–11, 2014.

Shows during the festival will be held at popular jazz clubs and performance spaces including Blue Note (131 W. Third St.), Bowery Electric (327 Bowery), Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St.), Groove (125 Macdougal St.), NYU Law (40 Washington Square South), Zinc Bar (82 W. Third St.), The Bitter End (147 Bleecker St.) and Subculture (45 Bleecker St.).

One of the most anticipated shows of the festival will take place on Jan. 8, when the Blue Note label celebrates its storied 75-year history with a special anniversary show at Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.), featuring pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, plus guests including saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, drummer Eric Harland and singer-songwriters Bilal and Alan Hampton.

Another notable act on this year’s lineup is saxophonist-flutist Henry Threadgill, who will premiere a special concert with his Ensemble Double-Up on Jan. 11 at Judson Church (55 Washington Square South). The ensemble will feature Moran, pianist David Virelles, alto saxophonists Curtis McDonald and Roman Filiu, cellist Christopher Hoffman, tubist Jose Davila and drummer Craig Weinrib. The group will pay tribute to composer-conductor Butch Morris, who died Jan. 29, 2013.

Among the 90 artists performing during the five-day festival are trumpeter Roy Hargrove (Jan. 10 at Le Poisson Rouge) and saxophonist Donald Harrison (Jan. 11 at Le Poisson Rouge). Drummer Rudy Royston will also appear at the club on Jan. 11 with his new group 303, featuring guitarist Nir Felder, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trumpeter Nadja Noordhuis, pianist Matt Mitchell and bassist Mimi Jones. Royston is set to release his debut CD, 303, on Greenleaf Music in February 2014.

Some of the artists dubbed “The Sound of Next” by the revived OKeh Records label will perform on Jan. 11 at Groove, including Felder, saxophonists Craig Handy and James Brandon Lewis and drummer Jeff Ballard, who will perform with his trio with guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Focus Trio, which released the excellent disc Four Directions (Motéma) in 2013, will perform Jan. 11 at Zinc Bar, while vocalist Gretchen Parlato, whose recent Live In NYC (ObliqSound) disc has garnered critical acclaim, will play Le Poisson Rouge on Jan. 11.

Erik Friedlander will bring his Bonebridge project—featuring guitarist Doug Wamble, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Michael Sarin—to Subculture on Jan. 11. The cellist released the superb album Claws & Wings (Skipstone) in 2013 and is readying a Bonebridge CD for release in April 2014.

Pianist Kris Bowers will release his highly anticipated debut disc, Heroes + Misfits (Concord Jazz), on March 4, 2014. Fans will have a chance to catch the Monk Competition winner on Jan. 10 at the Groove. The NEXT Collective—a stellar ensemble of rising stars including pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Burniss Earl Travis, saxophonist Logan Richardson, drummer Jamire Williams and guitarist Matthew Stevens—will perform Jan. 11 at the Blue Note.

A full festival pass is $95. Individual day tickets are also available from $10–$45. More information is posted at winterjazzfest.com.

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Pianist Jason Moran will play Winter Jazzfest on Jan. 8 as part of Blue Note’s 75th anniversary series. (Photo: jasonmoran.com)

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