Winter Jazzfest 2014

Major jazz artists bring international perspectives to New York for the essential annual Winter Jazzfest

Slavic Soul Party

Slavic Soul Party Photograph: Meerkat Media Collective

There are a number of ways to navigate the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest (Jan 7-11), which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Guitarheads, for instance, can catch bands featuring or led by Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Lionel Loueke and Nels Cline. Lovers of large ensembles have the Revive Big Band, Burnt Sugar, the Wallace Roney Orchestra and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society to look forward to. But world-music fans really have it made. Below are four opportunities to hear styles from around the globe right here in Manhattan.



Fleshed out by muscular drumming, a pair of crunchy electric guitars and its leader—bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz—on a Moroccan lute called a gimbri, the bruising Abraxas interprets Jewish tunes by John Zorn.

Jamie Baum

The Jamie Baum Septet +

Influenced by South Asian sounds such as the voice of Pakistani qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, In This Life—the latest album from flutist Jamie Baum—is gorgeous.

Michele Rosewoman

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba

Including five horns and three vocalist-percussionists, the pianist and singer Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, which both turned 30 and released its debut album in 2013, combines jazz and Cuban music.

Slavic Soul Party

Slavic Soul Party! Plays Ellington: The Far East Suite

The Brooklyn-based Balkan brass-band blast known as Slavic Soul Party! unpacks Sir Duke’s ambitious 1967 classic.

THE BOTTOM LINE Embark on an international jazz odyssey without leaving the boroughs.