January 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
It's that time of year again, when jazz madness gripped a a six-block stretch of New York's Greenwich Village, in the form of Winter Jazz Fest 2013. Friday and Saturday between six clubs, listeners could take in the more than seventy acts who performed between 6 p.m. and at 2 a.m.
Anyone with the moxie to take in all - or even a tiny part - of the festival emerged weary but excited by what they heard. And since so many artists chose Winter Jazz Fest to premiere new projects and groups, you came away with a sense of being close to the pulse of jazz's constant evolution, at this moment in time.
But choosing between so many acts can be daunting, even to true believers: sets were short, and often cryptically-named: if you only have forty-five minutes to spare, should you run to check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Or Merger?
WBGO's new HD2 channel, the jazz bee, was created precisely to help listeners navigate through the expanding universe of jazz creativity. As the festival's official radio partner, we have been streaming a special mix of new music by all of the artists at this year's Winter Jazz Fest, and on the WBGO blog and at NPRMusic.org we posted sneak peeks at some of the new music artists planned to perform.
To listen to this special stream, click on the jazz bee logo below:
On Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 4:00 to 5:45 p.m., WBGO-FM presents a special broadcast of Gregory Porter and James Carter, two artists who appeared at (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday evening as part of the festival, with our own Gary Walker as host.
We hope that you enjoyed all that this year's festival has to offer, and thanks for your support of WBGO-FM and the jazz bee!
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