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Winter Jazzfest 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Gulnara KhamatovaWinter Jazzfest 2018

The Winter Jazzfest guide

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

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

During the typically bleak post–New Year’s Eve concert lull, Winter Jazzfest promises a bright spot on the city’s calendar.

Now in its 19th year, the annual event showcases new talent performing a broad spectrum of musical styles all under the banner of jazz. Year after year, the crowds grow attracting both avid jazz fans along with new listeners, plus industry professionals. 

The week of rollicking fun takes over venues across the city, from City Winery to Nublu to the Jazz Museum in Harlem and much more. Plus, the signature "Marathon" nights are back offering buzzy, multi-stage shows that always add up to one of the best concert experiences in NYC. The Marathon shows aren't individually ticketed, so your pass 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, just head to one of the nearby spots for something unexpected.

The festival recognizes the genre's roots as protest music, and it strives to recognize artists creating music with messages of social justice, wellness and positive change—and that's something we can all get behind for 2023.  

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When is Winter Jazzfest?

This year's fest runs Thursday, January 12, 2023 to Wednesday, January 18, 2023, with immense "Marathon" events in Manhattan on Friday, January 13 and in Brooklyn on Saturday, January 14.

Who is appearing at Winter Jazzfest?

More than 100 groups (that's 500+ musicians!) will perform at this year's Winter Jazzfest from all around the world. 

In the spotlight this year are: Maurice "Mobetta" Brown, Michael Leonhart and JSwiss, Rich Ruth, Surya Botofasina, and Ben Wendel. Here's the full lineup.

Where is Winter Jazzfest?

Events take place at 17 venues throughout NYC. As for the two-night Marathon, there's a Manhattan event on Friday, January 13 and a Brooklyn event on Saturday, January 14. 

How do I get tickets to Winter Jazzfest?

Buy advance tickets at the official festival website. A two-day marathon pass costs $105–$195, or $65 per day if bought separately. You can also purchase tickets for individual shows ($5–$40).