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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

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Friday 11th [Manhattan]
Best alternative: go for a combo by splitting the evening across two venues, a good compromise between not having to move around too much and getting more flexibility. To accomplish that, in addition to mixing the concerts from two of the venues listed above, consider:
Saturday 11th [Manhattan]
Best alternative: do the combo. In addition to mixing the concerts from two of the venues listed above, consider:
Friday 17th [Brooklyn]
Best alternative: do the combo. In addition to mixing the concerts from two of the venues listed above, consider:
  • The House of Yes/National Sawdust combo: House of Yes, 6:30-9:15PM, HUCK; People's Champs; Mwenso & the Shakes; then walk to National Sawdust, 10PM-1:15AM, Sasha Berliner, Morley: Sphere Ensemble feat. MeShell NdegeOcello, Elio Villafranca, Chris Bruce; The Quantic Soul Orchestra.
  • The Brooklyn Bowl/Music Hall of Williamsburg combo: The Brooklyn Bowl, 7:30-9:30, Kendra Morris; Felix Pastorius & Hipster Assassins; then switch to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10:45-2AM, Phony Ppl; Kneebody + Mark Guiliana; Shigeto; Daedelus.

World-View Approaches

(Way More than) Four Women

a.k.a. The gender inclusiveness approach

WJF's commitment to gender-inclusive programming has been a welcome trait of its last editions. With 46 female leaders in this year's line-up, the JazzFest has met again the gender-inclusiveness goals set in keeping with the international campaign Keychange. The concerts listed below will make it clear to anyone who still harbours doubts that, if women had more performance opportunities, we'd have a healthier jazz ecosystem. If, after seeing these bands, you feel that they were invited just to meet an affirmative action quota, you might want to consider seeing a therapist at your earliest convenience.

Friday 10th [Manhattan]
  • 6:45PM. Kristina Koller (The Bitter End)
  • 7:00PM. Angela Morris' Skellettes (NuBlu)
  • 7:15PM. Jamie Baum & Short Stories (Zinc Bar) *
  • 8:30PM. Nikara and Black Wall Street (The Dance) *
  • 8:45PM. Connie Han (Subculture)
  • 9:45PM. MAE.SUN (The Dance) *
  • 10:30PM. Michael Mayo (The Bitter End)
  • 10:45PM. Halvorson & Dieterich (NuBlu) *
  • 12:15AM. Jaimie Branch (The Dance) *
  • 1:00AM. Claudia Acuna (The Bitter End)
  • 1:30AM. Simona Premazzi Sextet (Zinc Bar) *
Saturday 11th [Manhattan]
  • 6:15PM. Naïssam Jalal (The Bitter End) *
  • 6:30PM. Becca Stevens (LPR)
  • 7:00PM. Brandee Younger's (Webster Hall) *
  • 7:15PM. Sara Serpa & André Matos (Zürcher Gallery)
  • 7:30PM. Anne Paceo (The Bitter End)
  • 9:30PM. Dominique Fils-Aimé (NuBlu) *
  • 10:00PM. Kat Edmonson (Subculture)
  • 10:45PM. Nite Bjuti feat. Val Jeanty, Candice Hoyes and Mimi Jones (NuBlu) *
  • 11:15PM. Rene Marie (Subculture)
  • 12:15AM. Anna Webber (The Dance)
  • 1:15AM. Jessica Jones Quartet (NuBlu)
An equally rewarding alternative:
  • 6:15PM. Leila Biali (Subculture)
  • 7:00PM. Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci (NuBlu) *
  • 7:15PM. Helen Sung (The Dance)
  • 7:30PM. Tia Fuller (SOBs)
  • 7:45PM. Lakecia Benjamin (LPR)
  • 7:45PM. Samantha Boshnack (Zinc Bar) *
  • 9:45PM. Susan Alcorn Quintet (The Dance)
  • 11:00PM. CUP feat. Nels Cline and Yuka C. Honda (The Dance)
  • 12:15AM. Anna Webber (The Dance)
  • 1:30AM. WIJO Jam hosted by Roxy Coss & WIJO All-Stars (The Dance)
Friday 17th [Brooklyn]
  • 6:15PM. Big Terminal: Tim Berne, David Torn, Aurora Nealand (The Sultan Room) *
  • 7:30PM. Jessica Pavone (The Sultan Room) *
  • 7:30PM. Kendra Morris (Brooklyn Bowl)
  • 8:15PM. L'Rain (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
  • 7:45PM. Aneesa Strings (Rough Trade)
  • 8:45PM. Wayne Horvitz, Sara Schoenbeck Duo (The Sultan Room)
  • 10:30PM. Sasha Berliner (National Sawdust)
  • 11:15PM. Salami Rose Joe Louis (The Sultan Room)
  • 11:30PM. Morley: Sphere Ensemble Ft. Meshell Ndegeocello, Elio Villafrance, Chris Bruce (National Sawdust) *

Young and (Not) Foolish (At All)

a.k.a. The generational approach

You like to discover new names and support the careers of young musicians from early on, in part because you're that kind of person that likes to boast that "you saw them in this little club in Bushwick when no-one else knew them" to everyone sitting around you at their Carnegie Hall debut. If that's the case you're in luck since the JazzFest has an established track record of devoting a substantial share of its programming to promising young artists. Here are some suggestions for you.

Friday 10th [Manhattan]
  • 6:45PM. Kristina Koller (The Bitter End)
  • 7:00PM. Angela Morris' Skellettes (NuBlu) *
  • 7:15PM. Godwin Louis presents "GLOBAL" (The Dance)
  • 7:15PM. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (SOBs) *
  • 7:30PM. Matthew Whitaker Quartet (SubCulture)
  • 8:30PM. Nikara and Black Wall Street (The Dance)
  • 8:30PM. Kokoroko (SOBs) [Update: due to visa issues Kokoroko will not be able to be in New York for the JazzFest -their slot will be taken over by the Resistance Revival Chorus]*
  • 8:45PM. Connie Han (Subculture)
  • 9:45PM. MAE.SUN (The Dance)
  • 10:30PM. Braxton Cook (Mercury Lounge)
  • 11:45PM. Butcher Brown (Mercury Lounge)
  • 1:00AM. Madison McFerrin (Mercury Lounge)
Saturday 11th [Manhattan]
  • 6:15PM. Naïssam Jalal (The Bitter End)
  • 7:00PM. Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci (NuBlu) *
  • 7:30PM. Anne Paceo (The Bitter End)
  • 7:45PM. Samantha Boshnack (Zinc Bar)
  • 8:30PM. Nduduzo Makhathini (Zürcher Gallery) *
  • 8:45PM. Plume (The Bitter End)
  • 9:30PM. Dominique Fils-Aimé (NuBlu) *
  • 10:15PM. Pasquale Grasso (Zinc Bar)
  • 11:15PM. Jonathan Jurion (The Bitter End)
Friday 17th [Brooklyn]
  • 6:45PM. Keyon Harrold (Rough Trade)
  • 7:45PM. Aneesa Strings (Rough Trade)
  • 8:15PM. L'Rain (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
  • 8:45PM. Felix Pastorius & Hipster Assassins (Brooklyn Bowl) *
  • 10:30PM. Sasha Berliner (National Sawdust)
  • 11:15PM. Salami Rose Joe Louis (The Sultan Room)
  • 12:00AM. J. Hoard (Rough Trade)

Geographical Approaches

WJF continues to offer a welcome opportunity to discover bands from out of town, be it the legions of foreign musicians that rarely perform in the US due to the administrative and financial burdens rooted in its cultural protectionism, or those from other hot US jazz scenes (this year the emphasis seems to have shifted a bit from Chicago to the West Coast, and Detroit).

The French trail

In partnership with Paris Jazz Club, for years the WJF has been showcasing some of the best young talents on the vibrant French scene. As always, the headquarters is The Bitter End, which on Saturday 11th has one of the most exciting lineups of the festival: at 6:15PM the original fusion of middle-eastern music and jazz by Franco-Syrian flutist Naïssam Jalal; at 7:30PM the kaleidoscopic music of France's "Musician of the Year," drummer Anne Paceo; at 8:45PM the energizing saxophonist Plume with special guest Kush Abadey on drums; at 10:00PM one of the highlights of the festival, Thomas de Pourquery & Supersonic with special guest Jaimie Branch; at 11:15PM a tribute to the music of Marion Brown by the Franco-Caribbean pianist Jonathan Jurion with Jowee Omicil & Josiah Woodson, and at 12:30AM the hypnotic EYM Trio.

The British trail

The UK scene does not show signs of slowing down. WJF's collaboration with DJ, producer and catalyst of this British jazz new wave, Gilles Peterson, the PRS Foundation and BBC Music, reaches the third consecutive year and promises to provide again some of the festival's highlights. This is not really part of the marathons, since it takes place on January 9th, but you should not pass on the opportunity to experience the live performances of Kokoroko [Update: due to visa issues Kokoroko will not be able to be in New York for the JazzFest -their concert will be replace by Ashley Henry], Moses Boyd, Poppy Ajudha and Sarathy Korwar! In addition, Kokoroko, will perform also at SOBs on Friday 11th, at 8:45PM.

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