The Winter Jazzfest guide

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

Photograph: Courtesy Gulnara Khamatova

During the typically bleak post–New Year’s Eve concert lull, Winter Jazzfest hosts the genre’s top talent over several nights. Its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon brings vets and up-and-comers, hordes of music fans and a palpable air of excitement to an array of cozy downtown venues for what's typically one of the best concerts in NYC. The 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, that is. 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.

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When is Winter Jazzfest?

This year's fest runs Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to Wednesday, January 17, 2018, with the marathon happening Friday, January 12, 2018 and Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Who is appearing at Winter Jazzfest?

More than 100 groups perform at this year's Winter Jazzfest. Flautist and composer Nicole Mitchell is the artist-in-residence, playing four sets at the fest. This year's programming includes discussions on gender, immigration and protest music in jazz, with panelists including activist Angela Davis, drummer Antonio Sanchez and saxist Archie Shepp.

Where is Winter Jazzfest?

The marathon portion is held at roughly a dozen Manhattan venues. Other events take place at Le Poisson Rouge, the Town Hall and New School Tishman Auditorium.

How do I get tickets to Winter Jazzfest?

Buy advance tickets at the official festival website. A two-day marathon pass is $85–$95, or $50–$60 per day if bought separately. A full-festival pass can be purchased at $175 (this pass doesn’t include the January 15 Geri Allen Tribute show). You can also purchase tickets for individual shows.

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