The annual Winter Jazzfest—a weeklong bash showcasing both iconic elder statesmen and young innovative blood from across the jazz spectrum—is upon us. And this year offers a mountain of shows across more than a dozen of the best jazz clubs in NYC. The 2017 festival also serves as a platform for racial and social justice: Along with a slate of politically focused shows, there will be talks and panels on topics including Social Justice & the Role of Music and Music & Environmental Justice. Here, we’ve provided a guide to the essential shows and illuminating talks featured at this year’s Winter Jazzfest, one of the best concerts in NYC in January and things to do in the winter.
Winter Jazzfest is at various locations Thu 5–Tue 10. Festival pass $160. Get tickets here.
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