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Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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The British trail

For decades the United Kingdrom has had one of the most vibrant European jazz scenes. The media (and a much younger than usual audience) seem to have suddenly woken up and (re)discovered this reality, thanks to an alignment of brand new British talent that has emerged over the past few years. Here's how you can experience this thrill without having to travel to London's cutting edge venues:
  • Friday 11th 7:40PM. Ezra Collective (Bowery Ballroom)
  • Saturday 12th 7:20PM. Tawiah (Mercury Lounge)
  • Saturday 12th -9:20PM. Nubya Garcia (SOBs)
In addition, don't miss the showcase hosted at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday 9 January at 7PM. For the second consecutive year, famed DJ and producer Gilles Peterson, in collaboration with the PRS Foundation and BBC Music, will present some of the most prominent names emerging from today's London new jazz scene: Ezra Collective, Tawiah, Yazmin Lacey and Emma Jean Thacray's Walrus.

The French trail

France is another European jazz pole of the Winter JazzFest. In partnership with Paris Jazz Club, it has been showcasing some of its best young talents. This year the Bitter End and the Zinc Bar turn into a French Quarter according to this schedule:
  • Friday 11th 8:40PM. Baptiste Trotignon -Yosvany Terry (Bitter End) 'Ancestral Memories'
  • Friday 11th 10:00PM. Jacques Schwarz-Bart 'Hazzan'
  • Friday 11th 11:20PM. Blick Bassy
  • Friday 11th 12:40PM. Florian Pellissier Quintet 'Bijou Voyou Caillou' w/ Shola Adisa-Farrar & Roger Raspail
  • Saturday 12th 8:40PM. Camille Bertault (Zinc Bar)
  • Saturday 12th 12:40am: Arnaud Dolmen 'Tonbé Lévé' (Zinc Bar)

The Rest-of-The-World trail

The largest foreign legions at the Festival might be British and French, but there's plenty of other foreign musicians who are not based in New York and will be playing rare concerts:
  • Friday 11th 11:40PM. ÌFÉ (Bowery Ballroom)
  • Saturday 12th 6:40PM. Tuomo & Markus featuring Verneri Pohjola (Subculture)
  • Saturday 12th 7:40PM. Mathias Eick (Le Poisson Rouge)
  • Saturday 12th 10PM. Takuya Kuroda (Mercury Lounge)

The Chicago trail

The Chicago scene's vitality and vibrancy is so strong that its performers have often stolen the show at previous editions of the Winter JazzFest. So, if you have a chance, do not miss the Chicago Oveground sub-festival curated by Piotr Olov, which will take place for the whole Marathon Weekend at NuBlu as well as, of course, Makaya McCraven and Jaimie Branch:
  • Friday 11th 7:40PM. Angel Bat Dawid & The Brotherhood (NuBlu)
  • Friday 11th 9PM. Makaya McCraven (Bowery Ballroom)
  • Friday 11th 9PM. Michael Patrick Avery's PLAY (NuBlu)
  • Friday 11th 10:20PM. Ben LaMar Gay (NuBlu)
  • Friday 11th 11:40PM. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society (NuBlu)
  • Saturday 12th 1AM. Late Night JAM Session led by Jaimie Branch (NuBlu)
  • Saturday 12th 7:40PM. Jeremy CunninghAM. (NuBlu)
  • Saturday 12th 8PM. Anteloper (SOBs)
  • Saturday 12th 9PM. RESAVOIR (NuBlu)
  • Saturday 12th 9:20PM. Hamid Drake, Dave Liebman, AdAM. Rudolph (Subculture)
  • Saturday 12th 10:20PM. Akenya (NuBlu)
  • Saturday 12th 11:40PM. The JuJu Exchange (NuBlu)
  • Sunday 13th 1AM. Late Night JAM Session led by Marquis Hill (NuBlu)

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