The Winter Jazzfest guide

The sprawling annual Winter Jazzfest brings yet another stellar lineup of rising acts and established stars to NYC

Winter Jazzfest 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Gulnara KhamatovaWinter Jazzfest 2018

During the typically bleak post–New Year’s Eve concert lull, Winter Jazzfest is a bright spot on the city’s calendar. With shows spread across nine nights, the fest brings top jazzers to venues like Le Poisson Rouge, Nublu and, for the first time, a full night of brooklyn venues. The festivities has its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon: a buzzy, multi-stage blowout that’s typically one of the best concerts in NYC. The marathon shows aren't individually ticketed, so a wristband grants you access to any of each night's gigs—as long as a given club doesn't hit capacity. It’s a model that encourages sampling and venue-hopping. The event also requires patience and an open mind: If your preferred show is full, pull out the schedule, and head to one of the nearby spots for something unexpected. This year's fest continues to stand with movements including #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, and #wehavevoice, and seeks to address mental health, discrimination, sexism, immigration and environmental injustice.

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When is Winter Jazzfest?

This year's fest runs Thursday January 9 2020 to Friday January 17 2020, with immense "Marathon" events in Manhattan Jan 10 and 11, and Brooklyn on Jan 17.

Who is appearing at Winter Jazzfest?

More than 100 groups perform at this year's Winter Jazzfest from all around the world. Multi-talented drummer-bandleader, Mark Guiliana is artist-in-residence at this year’s Winter Jazzfest (Thu 9, 10, 11, 16, 17). The lineup includes talent like cutting-edge jazz drummer Makaya McCraven (Sat 11), Brazilian musical artist Seu Jorge (Thu 16) and many more classic and contemporary artists.

Where is Winter Jazzfest?

The marathon portion is held at roughly a dozen venues in Lower Manhattan. The signature two-night marathon will take place Jan 10 and 11 in Manhattan in the recently reopened Webster Hall and also Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Zinc Bar, Subculture, The Bitter End, NuBlu, The Dance among others. For the first time, a Brooklyn-based marathon night will be held too, Jan 17 at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade, National Sawdust and other venues.

How do I get tickets to Winter Jazzfest?

Buy advance tickets at the official festival website. A two-day marathon pass is $105–$165, or $35–$60 per day if bought separately. You can also purchase tickets for individual shows ($15–$55).

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