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Watch the Winter Jazzfest Virtual Marathon Nights

Bilal at Winter Jazzfest
Jonathan Chimene
Bilal performing with Meshell Ndegeocello's band at the Winter Jazzfest in 2019.

When the Winter Jazzfest announced the postponement of its in-person programming last month, there was no public plan for a virtual presentation. But the gears were turning quickly behind the scenes. This weekend sees the culmination: a series of exclusive performances broadcast at winterjazzfest.com, and on the festival's YouTube and Facebook. Select sets will also be available on Qwest.TV and here at WBGO.

All told, the virtual programming will feature more than 150 musicians, captured in performance not only in New York but also Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, and even Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro. WBGO announcers will emcee the virtual affair; see below for a schedule.

Winter Jazzfest Virtual Marathon Nights

Friday, Jan. 14 (hosted by Keanna Faircloth)
Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time
J. Hoard
David Binney w/ Logan Kane and Louis Cole
Melanie Charles
Helen Sung presents Quartet+
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio
Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days

Sunday, Jan. 16 (hosted by Simon Rentner)
The Bad Plus
Marc Ribot
James Francies Trio
NIKARA presents Black Wall Street
Nduduzo Makhathini
Miki Yamanaka Trio

Monday, Jan. 17 (hosted by Simon Rentner)

Angel Bat Dawid's Afro Town Topics

Jonathan Chimene

Wednesday, Jan. 19 (hosted by Sheila Anderson) 
Red Baraat
Lakecia Benjamin's 'Pursuance'
Brandee Younger Quintet
Samir LanGus
Sana Nagano 'Smashing Humans'
Oran Etkin Open Arms Project

Thursday, Jan. 20 (hosted by Sheila Anderson) 
Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra
Brianna Thomas
Nite Bjuti with Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty, Mimi Jones
Zoh Amba
Mars Duo w/ Tim Berne and Gregg Belisle-Chi
Amir ElSaffar

Saturday, Jan. 22 (hosted by Keanna Faircloth)

Makaya McCraven, Samara Joy, Mahogany L. Browne (co-presented with SummerStage)

Winter Jazzfest has also programmed online events in coordination with the jazz and gender initiative This Is A Movement, from January 15 - 17.