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Winter Jazzfest!

The Winter Jazzfest is one of our favorite music festivals. First of all, it’s the perfect thing to perk us up during our inevitable post-holiday crash. Second of all, well, we love jazz!

This year’s lineup (it’s fourteenth!) promises to be a killer. The festival runs from January 10th through January 17th and will focus on various themes of political and social activism, like gender equality, racial justice, immigration rights and environmental responsibility. The series peaks on Friday and Saturday night, where a music marathon will take place throughout all the participating venues late into the night.

About a dozen clubs will host this year’s lineup. Greenwich Village local favorite, Le Poisson Rouge, will play host to  Ravi Coltrane, who will honor his mom’s legacy with a performance of Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane on the 14th. Ravi will join Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Vijay Iyer, Angela Davis and Terry Lyne Carrington the next night for a tribute to gifted pianist and composer Geri Allen, who passed away recently at a far too young age.

Here’s the money stuff: 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. (Note: this pass doesn’t include the Geri Allen Tribute show.) Of course, you can also purchase tickets for individual shows.

You’ll have to check here to get tickets and to get a full listing of the performers, but we’re going to throw out some more names: Archie Shepp, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Yazz Ahmed, Hank Roberts Sextet, Gilles Peterson and more.


One more thing–the weather promises to be much, much warmer!

Image via Jimmy Baikovicus/Flickr