NYC Winter Jazzfest

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Last month, New Yorkers got a rare look at some of the freshest improvisational music brewing in The Netherlands. Keyboardist (and looper) Niels Broos and drummer Jamie Peet rattled the walls (and minds) of lucky spectators fortunate to overlook the duo’s pop-up performance at Bowers & Wilkins Sound Lounge during Winter JazzFest.

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As Sonny Rollins once put it: “Come, Gone.”

The 2020 Winter Jazzfest is now safely in our rearview, but the immersive experience lingers in the mind. WBGO covered a lot of ground this year: broadcasting live from the Bowers & Wilkins Sound Lounge, hosting stages, moderating Winter Jazzfest Talks, and generally taking in as much of the musical abundance as we could manage.

Domenica Tello

New York City’s Winter JazzFest stretches to Brooklyn for the first time this year — arguably offering its best punch of innovative programming, with artists like Kneebody and Daedelus both performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of tomorrow’s marathon.

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No two paths are alike through the Winter Jazzfest, which has been a fond ritual of musical overload for more than 15 years.

As usual, the WBGO team hit the ground running during this edition of the fest: broadcasting live performances from the Bowers & Wilkins Sound Lounge; participating in panel discussions like “Jazz & Gender”; conducting artist interviews, or making connections; and just generally covering a whole lot of ground, both musical and literal.

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The 2020 Winter Jazzfest, which runs through Jan. 18, presents myriad vantage points for music discovery.

A new one this year was the Bowers & Wilkins Sound Lounge.

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, WBGO broadcast a series of live performances and interviews from the space, a sleek alcove off the lobby of the Moxy NYC East Village, a Winter Jazzfest sponsor hotel. We streamed these sessions on Facebook Live.

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Pianist Gerald Clayton will perform his 75-minute mixed media concert Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. This concert performance is part of the 2020 Winter Jazzfest, and will be included in the Saturday marathon.

Jonathan Chimene / WBGO

Winter Jazzfest has come and gone, but the afterglow remains.

WBGO had boots on the ground for the full festival sprawl, from Bilal's first yowl on opening night to the late shift by Chris Dave & The Drumhedz in the wee hours of the final Marathon night. And for a decent number of those sets, our in-house photographers were busy following the action. 

Renato Nunes

Anniversaries can be a time for reflection, and taking stock of where we’ve been. So in celebration of WBGO's 40th anniversary, this episode of The Checkout dips into the archives, recalling the era when it was hosted and produced by its founder, Josh Jackson.

WBGO celebrates four decades of jazz and its magnificent diversity on one night, Friday, January 11th, at SOB’s during Winter Jazzfest in New York City.

Deneka Peniston

When Jason Lindner became embedded in New York’s jazz scene in the mid 1990s, he led an underground big band. These days, he's paving the way for a new breed of jazz synth artists, with the same renegade spirit.

On this episode of The Checkout, Lindner — the former keyboardist for David Bowie, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and so many others — speaks about his artistic growth, as expressed on The Buffering Cocoon, his third release with the band he calls Now Vs. Now. 

Adama Jollah

One of the artists who left a mark at this year's Winter Jazzfest was newcomer Nubya Garcia. Get to know the firebrand saxophonist from the United Kingdom in another edition of My Music, on The Checkout.


Yusaku Aoki

Before the influential broadcaster and tastemaker Gilles Peterson was breaking talent on the BBC, he was climbing rooftops as a radio pirate, championing great black music. Now he’s the industry standard in creating diverse playlists that explode musical boundaries.


Giulietta Verdon-Roe

There's a lot of buzz in Europe about Yazz Ahmed. The Bahrain-born, British-based artist says she discovered her voice on trumpet and flugelhorn by stumbling on a Rabih Abou-Khalil recording featuring Kenny Wheeler. On this edition of My Music on The Checkout, she tells her fascinating story behind her own Arabic-jazz recording "La Saboteuse."


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Page after page of paperwork is one of many hurdles a non-American recording artist faces coming stateside.

“US immigration law requires that somebody coming to the US to perform have an employment visa,” said Mathew Covey, immigration lawyer and director of Tamizdat, an organization that helps foreign artists address the hurdles presented by US Immigration policy.

Lawrence Sumulong / Jazz at Lincoln Center

More than three dozen acts have been added to the NYC Winter Jazzfest, finalizing the festival lineup for 2018. Among them are Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, the vocal group Duchess, Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK, and the Eli Degibri Quartet. They will all appear on the Winter Jazzfest Marathon, a two-day crush of shows on Jan. 12 and 13. The festival itself sprawls to eight days, the longest edition yet, though with fewer groups performing than in 2017.

You've probably heard John Hébert's bass behind a jazz heavyweight or two — late legends like pianists Andrew Hill and Paul Bley, as well as present-day figures like guitarist Mary Halvorson and pianist Fred Hersch. In this brief podcast, Hébert shares the story behind "70's and 80's Remix," an original tune from from his album Rambling Confessions.