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Winter Jazz Festival, various venues, New York City, USA.

Thursday, January 09, 2020 - Saturday, January 18, 2020


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We have received the following press release;

2020 NYC Winter Jazzfest First Wave of Artist Announcements, Mark Guiliana as Artist-in-Residence & Much More 

Announcing the
Celebrating 16 Seasons,
January 9-18, 2020,
Presenting The Full Spectrum of Jazz
Spotlighting Social Justice, Gender, Climate & Wellness


A Pioneer of Jazz Drumming, Will Present Multiple Projects Over the Course of the Festival

The festival’s signature multi-artist, multi-venue experience on January 10 and 11 in ten Manhattan venues; and January 17 at five Brooklyn venues featuring over 125 different groups and 500+ musicians


BBC Music Introducing & PRS Foundation Present 4th Annual British Jazz Showcase
Hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson
Featuring Moses Boyd, Kokoroko, Sarathy Korwar, Poppy Ajudha

Celebrating the jazz legacy of Detroit and honoring the late great trumpeter Marcus Belgrave
with Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan, Louis Hayes and many more

Over a dozen drummers will celebrate 100 years of the life and music of Art Blakey

Brazilian singer/guitarist performs at The Town Hall


Talks, panels, and workshops will be offered on topics affecting our jazz community including social justice, immigration, gender balance, climate, and wellness

Hotel partner The Moxy (East Village) will host Winter Jazzfest artists and audience for registration, box office, special events, artist lounge, and more
* Click Here for Special Hotel Room Rates Available for all Ticket Buyers and Their Guests *

We are thrilled to announce the initial list of artists featured at the 16th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest! Please mark your calendars for January 9-18, 2020.

In our 16th year we present an unprecedented TEN CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS of unique programming.  Since our founding in 2005, NYC Winter Jazzfest (NYCWJF) has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, supporting the rich growth and continued vitality of the jazz community.

Praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and countless other national publications, the NYCWJF continues to grow at a rapid pace, from the original one-day single-location program, to a 2020 schedule that will put over 150 groups comprising over 600 artists on 20 stages over 10 nights, throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2015, the festival was voted “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by JazzTimes Magazine, and has become a pivotal destination for arts leaders and the cultural cognoscenti who visit the city early every year.

The weekend multi-venue, multi-artist marathon has, in particular, become recognized as a crucial, unique New York nightlife offering, giving audiences full access to all participating venues and dozens of groups performing from early evening, deep into the wee hours of the morning.  NYCWJF is an unparalleled experience for all consumers of jazz, experimental sound and global creative impulses - from hardcore fans to novice new listeners. In 2019, that meant cumulatively welcoming over 14,000 audience members. In 2020, the festival is expected to grow to an estimated 15,000 audience members in attendance.

Conceived originally as an event to showcase the latest and most cutting edge jazz acts during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, and founded by New York concert impresario Brice Rosenbloom, NYCWJF has become the definitive all-inclusive jazz event that offers a “state of the union” of jazz and its many stylistic camps from hot swing to avant-garde to post-bop, jazz-funk, fusion, hypermodern through-composed music and jazz-inflected world music.  From party bands to ambient electronic groups to the most advanced compositional approaches –audiences sample everything the jazz world has to offer. As a destination event, attendees regularly travel from other states and countries to attend the festival. Many in the industry see it as jazz’s answer to SXSW.

NYC Winter Jazzfest has adopted a focus on jazz intertwined with social issues – racism, Black Lives Matter, immigration, gun control, gender, police brutality, climate change, and mass incarceration. This year the festival holistically integrates wellness (including subtopics such as lifestyle, community, meditation, mental health, healthcare, addiction and mindfulness).

NYC Winter Jazzfest’s signature two-night marathon will take place Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11 with performances at the recently reopened marquee venue Webster Hall as well as Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Zinc Bar, Subculture, The Bitter End, NuBlu, The Dance, SOBs, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  A week later, on Friday January 17, the festival will host its first-ever Brooklyn-based “Marathon” night in venues including Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade, National Sawdust, and more.

In 2020, NYCWJF welcomes pioneering drummer, composer and bandleader Mark Guiliana as our 2020 Artist-In-Residence. Guiliana will appear as a leader and collaborator in at least six configurations including Beat Music, Unholy Row, Mark Giuliana Jazz Quartet with Gretchen Parlato, Space Heroes, Mark Giuliana + Kneebody, and a closing night Beat Music Improv show with many special guests TBA.

Once again NYCWJF is proud to partner with BBC Music Introducing & PRS Foundation for a fourth annual British jazz showcase, curated by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson. This year’s edition will see four upcoming UK jazz acts perform at Le Poisson Rouge. This year’s acts include. Kokoroko, Moses Boyd, Poppy Ajudha and Sarathy Korwar. Gilles Peterson will host the showcase to be recorded and later released on 6Music.

For three years NYCWJF has joined festivals across the globe in striving for gender parity on our festival stages. We are proud to be part of PRS Foundation’s Keychange program, through which we have pledged to achieve a gender balance at our festival. We will also be hosting a Keychange panel discussion as part of our Winter Jazzfest Talks series.

Winter Jazzfest celebrates Detroit’s jazz history and the legacy of late trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. The evening begins with a conversation led by author and historian Mark Stryker on the rich history of Detroit Jazz. Vocalist, composer, producer Joan Belgrave (widow of Marcus Belgrave) will present the vocal segment of this journey swinging with her Detroit Sound Ensemble. Then the Marcus Belgrave Legacy Ensemble performs with Marcus Belgrave’s protégés Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, JD Allen, Dwight Adams, Theo Croker, Kelvin Sholar, and Ali Jackson. Next performing the Detroit Jazz Royalty Ensemble composed of Jazz Masters Ron Carter, Louis Hayes and Sheila Jordan joined with Detroit-born pianist Johnny O’Neal. Closing will once again be Marcus Belgrave’s protégés in the ensemble “Taking it Forward” with Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, Ali Jackson, JD Allen, Dwight Adams, Theo Croker, Greg Glassman, Kevin Sholar, and joined by Kassa Overall.

NYCWJF curates a unique night with Revive Music that celebrates the life and music of Art Blakey in his Centennial year. Expect over a dozen drummers paying respect and offering rhythmic nods to Blakey’s work in a “round robin” model.

Brazilian singer-songwriter/actor Seu Jorge became an international star after his performance as Knockout Ned in the Oscar-nominated City of God and his work in the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in 2004 which gave the world a fresh and emotive baritone repertoire of David Bowie’s greatest hits. Jorge’s active musical career integrates stylings of reggae, pop, electronic, and jazz into his own music and is credited with reinvigorating Brazil’s samba scene. Seu Jorge performs a unique set of originals and covers with special guests at The Town Hall.

Winter Jazzfest is proud to partner with The Moxy Hotel, Steinway & Sons, WBGO, doNYC, Revive Music, and Tree-Nation.



Art Blakey Centennial

Becca Stevens

Ben Williams “I Am A Man”

Blacks Myths

Brandee Younger’s Soul Awakening

Bright Dog Red

Chris Lightcap’s SuperBigmouth

Connie Han Trio


Donny McCaslin Group

Eubanks Evans Experience

From Detroit to the World - Celebrating the Jazz Legacy of Detroit and Marcus Belgrave

George Burton

Gilles Peterson

Godwin Louis

Golden Valley Is Now

Gregoire Maret and Romain Collin’s “Americana” w/ Marvin Sewell

Halvorson & Dieterich

Harish Raghavan ‘Calls for Action’

Heroes Are Gang Leaders featuring James Brandon Lewis

Hypnotic Brass Band

Igmar Thomas’s Revive Big Band

Ikebe Shakedown

Issac Delgado

Jamie Baum & Short Stories “Of Struggles and Triumphs”

Jessica Pavone Quartet

Jessica Jones Quartet

Joe Russo

Joey Alexander

José James “No Beginning No End 2”

Kalia Vandever

Kassa Overall

Kat Edmonson

Kneebody + Mark Guiliana


Kung Fu


Lakecia Benjamin Presents Pursuance : The Music of the Coltranes

Louis Hayes


Makaya McCraven

Mark Guiliana (Artist in residence)

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Mary Lattimore

Matthew Whitaker

Michael Olatuja’s “Lagos Pepper Soup”

Morley: Sphere Ensemble

Moses Boyd

Nate Wooley’s Columbia Icefield

Nikara and Black Wall Street

Nir Felder Trio

Nite Bjuti feat. Val Jeanty, Candice Hoyes and Mimi Jones

Pasquale Grasso

People’s Champs

Phony Ppl

Poppy Ajudha

Quiana Lynell

Rene Marie

Ron Carter

Salami Rose Joe Louis

Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt

Sarathy Korwar

Sasha Berliner

Seu Jorge

Sheila Jordan


Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn

Steven Bernstein’s [email protected]

Sunny Jain Wild Wild East

Susan Alcorn Quintet

The Bogie Band featuring Joe Russo

The Cookers

The Jazz Gallery All Stars

Theo Bleckmann’s Mixtape

Theo Croker’s Star People Nation

Tim Berne’s Absint w/ David Torn and Aurora Nealand

Tineke Postma Four


+ Many more artists TBA

(subject to change)

ABOUT NYC Winter Jazzfest
NYC Winter Jazzfest is a destination for avid jazz fans, industry professionals, and new listeners to come together and experience the exciting and vibrant contemporary jazz scene. Since the inaugural year in 2005, the festival has grown organically, with more artists performing and a continually increasing audience—proving the true vitality and urgency of this music. NYC Winter Jazzfest programs inclusive of a broad spectrum of musical styles under the banner of jazz while working intimately with like-minded curators like Revive Music, Search & Restore and others to prove jazz’s continued relevance and influence over contemporary music. Inherent to the tradition of jazz as protest music, Winter Jazzfest has made a priority to support and highlight artists who create music with relevant messages of social justice and positive change to help amplify and inspire through the music. Founded by Brice Rosenbloom (BOOM Collective) in 2005 to celebrate jazz’s richness and vitality NYC Winter Jazzfest’s influence ripples out further every year. In 2020 Rosenbloom is proud to partner with independent entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and Dayglo Ventures. Dayglo Ventures creates unique and meaningful entertainment experiences, owns and operates live music venues including Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, the music festival Lockn’, Relix,, Fare Thee Well and Jazz & Colors (which is curated by Brice Rosenbloom).

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll.  JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups – the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music – the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana’s drumming was a primer mover of Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.

BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians across the United Kingdom. With over 500,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and over 200,000 artists registered, BBC Music Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and the Asian Network.  BBC Music Introducing also gives up-and-coming artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online alongside the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. Big name artists including Slaves, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Pale Waves, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers. Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has brought thousands of acts to hundreds of different stages, including Glastonbury, Big Weekend, Latitude, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds, as well as international showcases like SXSW in Texas and Eurosonic in the Netherlands.

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £32 million to over 6,800 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.|@PRSFoundation

Moxy East Village is located at the heart of, you guessed it, New York’s East Village. The neighborhood where rock ‘n’ roll, renegade art, LGBTQ+ activism and generations of immigrants all merged to give birth to American counterculture. Moxy celebrates the neighborhood’s spirit of experimentation with 286 design-driven bedrooms, co-working spaces, and tech-savvy amenities, as well as cultural programming that reflects the richly diverse part of town.

WBGO is the global leader in jazz radio, broadcasting from the jazz capital of the world. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly-supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. WBGO reaches a weekly audience of more than 400,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. Through programs such as Jazz Night in America, produced in partnership with NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and WBGO’s position as content provider to NPR, its reach extends to millions more across the country. From its home base of Newark, New Jersey, Public Radio station WBGO has long been an anchor institution in community engagement through its partnerships, concerts, education and news programming.

doNYC is the place to find out what to do in New York City. From concerts to comedy, film to food, and charity events to book readings, doNYC is the one-stop destination for planning your week. Plus, we are constantly giving away free tickets, backstage passes, and exclusive prizes. Signing up is free and easy, and also allows you to discover and promote events, share your picks with others, buy tickets online, and be the first to know about all the awesome happenings throughout the five boroughs.

Tree-Nation’s mission is to reforest the world, bringing sustainable development to communities and regenerating the biodiversity of the planet. Tree-Nation supports global reforestation projects with specific goals such as fighting desertification and works with organisations and companies to support reforestation projects by integrating planting trees with their products and services, fighting the impact of climate change. Tree’s capture carbon and absorb it to release oxygen, and forests act as the planets air conditioning units, cooling the planet and cleaning the air for us, as well as cleaning our water systems, and bringing back water to dry zones. A trees roots can reach for water where plants cannot, and bring it back to the surface so that other fauna can flourish, and streams come back to life. Tree-Nation supports reforestation projects in many parts of the world, including Europe, but our focus is in tropical zones. Trees in the tropics grow faster so they capture carbon faster. This is also where we see heavy deforestation and where 85% of our terrestrial biodiversity is threatened, with many species on the brink of extinction. Please support the mission to create a completely Co2 neutral Winter Jazz Festival by planting trees with us and Tree-Nation! When purchasing your NYC Winter Jazzfest tickets you have a new option to offset your carbon footprint by purchasing trees to be planted in your name. Build a profile on their site and start planting your own virtual forest. Environmentally conscience people all around the world are joining Tree-Nation to help reforest our planet.

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