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Winter Jazzfest Day 2

Posted in Winter Jazzfest on 01/11/2010 by mandatoryattendance

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I was unable to get into some of the shows on Saturday night, due to the overwhelming attendance of the festival.  Luckily most of the artists I was unable to see (Gretchen Parlato, Linda Oh, Vijay Iyer) play around the city enough times, that I should have another opportunity to see them in the near future.

I camped out at The Bitter End and had a side view of the stage.  It was very crowded and hot, so I only stayed to see a few bands before calling it a night.

I have been waiting a long time to catch Claudia Quintet.  John Hollenbeck is a monster percussionist and the short set was balls to the wall.  It was difficult to hear Gary Versace from my end of the room, except for a couple of quiet moments (including a short duet between Matt Moran and Versace in the middle of a tune, where Moran was making some warbling sounds on the vibes using what appeared to be a plastic cup?).

Rudder was up after Claudia Quintet.  Tim Lefebvre and Keith Carlock killed it as expected.  The tunes were a lot of fun, although the balance of Chris Cheek’s saxophone in the mix could’ve been better.   Yesterday I picked up the self-titled record from eMusic and am really into it.

Looks like the festival was a sucess.  Suddenly it looks like jazz is back on top.  I wonder how much of the audience were from the APAP?  Hopefully the organizers of the festival try to secure some larger venues for next year.   Would be nice to have some of these concerts at venues that normally host jazz concerts.  However, I can’t think of a place outside of (Le) Poisson Rouge  that would be large enough and would still allow the organizers to keep the ticket prices down.

Did anybody go to the Company of Heaven festival at Cornelia Street this weekend?  Were those shows sold out as well?

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Winter Jazzfest – Day 1

Posted in Winter Jazzfest on 01/09/2010 by mandatoryattendance

Hit the first installment of Winter Jazzfest last night.  Spent most of the evening in a very packed Kenny’s Castaways after beginning the evening with Secret Society at (Le) Poisson Rouge.  I was glad that the LPR had restrained themselves from over-amplifying the band.  They played 4 songs including a new song featuring Erica Von Kleist which was  inspired by controversial contractor Erik Prince the head of Blackwater.

Afterwards, I headed across the street to check out the Search and Restore curated evening at Kenny Castaways to see Briggan Krauss’s Trio Coordinate with Skulli Sverrison and Kenny Wolleson perform a 40 minute free improvisation.

Matt Wilson’s Quartet swung heavy balls.  Playing various styles from the Eastern influenced Raga to a swinging Two Bass Hit featuring a great solo by Wilson.   Wilson finished the set with “School Boy Thug” while wearing a wig and leopard print half-shirt.  Both Jeffrey Lederer  and Kirk Knuffke sounded amazing, marking my calendar to check out one of their gigs in the future.

At this point Kenny’s is completely packed and I am starting to get nervous that the balcony above me is going to come down and I will be crushed in a tragic jazz death.

Bobby Previte’s New Bump Quartet played some slinky grooves and ended there set with Brutal that featured an array of guests including Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, and Nir Felder.

Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music found some new fans last night.   Some of the biggest applause was for Mark’s well placed fills during the big beat slow jam “Jersey Ballad”.  Guest vocalist Jeff Taylor joined the group for “Thing” and vocally manipulated the announcements of the 1994 Knick’s Eastern Conference Champion Starting Line-up over the band’s ambient beats.

I couldn’t make it to the end of the evening.  I managed to stay for Whoopie Pie and at this point the crowd had mutated from a surprisingly respectful quiet audience (especially given the difficulty of some of the music) into clusters of chatter.  However, Saft, Pride, and McHenry brought enough noise to drown out the conversation.  During a particularly sludgey-groove a drunk couple nearby ironically debated whether the band was on drugs.

Overall I was impressed with the number of “kids” who showed up for the night.  It wasn’t the usual aging jazz crowd that some of the “jazz is dead” debaters have been predicting as the final nail in the coffin for the music.  Hopefully the publicity around this festival (including some posts on the very influential Brooklynvegan) brought in some new fans who will try and check out more of these shows around the city.

Winter Jazzfest 2010 – Schedule Posted

Posted in Winter Jazzfest on 12/16/2009 by mandatoryattendance

As previously mentioned, Winter Jazzfest 2010 is happening next month on the 8th and 9th and the full schedule is up.

I am planning on spending most of Friday night at the Search and Restore showcase.  Saturday is going to require a diagram and some careful planning.

Thirty bones for the entire festival is more than worth it.

Winter Jazzfest 2010 – Artists Announced

Posted in Winter Jazzfest on 12/01/2009 by mandatoryattendance

Winter JazzFest 2010 is happening on January 8th and 9th, 2010 and is  bigger than last year’s festival.  There will be five venues (Zinc Bar; Kenny’s Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Bitter End) and the number of artists have grown.

Tickets are $25 for a single day or $30 for the entire festival.

Highlights below:

Claudia Quintet

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Gretchen Parlato

Jamie Saft’s Whoopie Pie

Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran

Linda Oh

Lionel Loueke

Mark Guiliana’s Thing

Mary Halvorson

Matt Wilson Quartet

RAAQ (Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet with Bill Ware)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors

Vijay Iyer Trio


Full lineup on the site