NYC Winter Jazzfest 2014 Friday Preview
The 10th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest is rapidly approaching. You can check our five day festival preview HERE. But days 1 through 3 don’t offer the same dizzying array of options as Days 4 and 5 (Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, respectively). Below is a suggested itinerary for Friday, though half the fun lies in making your own discoveries, so exploration is also highly recommended. Stay tuned for Saturday suggestions.
7:45pm @ Zinc Bar
Avi hews closer to pop than most of the bill with her laid-back acoustic ditties, but it’s worth heading out a bit early to see how her ethereal voice, which has oft been compared to Billie Holiday, fills the subterranean velvety enclave of Zinc Bar, which should be crowd-free at this relatively early hour.
Dawn of Midi
8:30pm @ Le Poisson Rouge
Responsible for Dysnomia, one of the more underrated releases of the year, Dawn of Midi utilize standard jazz trio instrumentation to explore with methodical precision a singular sound drawing equally from Terry Riley soundscapes and minimal techno.
Mary Halvorson Septet
10:00pm @ Judson Church
Halvorson is one of the more intriguing young guitarists in jazz today, and her Septet should offer a cryptic journey in sound, rooted in syncopation and never far from the free edge of the stratosphere.
Burnt Sugar Arkestra Review with Melvin Van Peebles, Vernon Reid & Rebellum
11:15pm @ The Bitter End
In the tradition of Miles Davis’ fusion groups and Sun Ra’s space jazz collectives, Burnt Sugar Arkestra explore the outer echelons of tightly choreographed composition tinged with improvisational excursions. The group will be joined by Afrocentric icons Melvin Van Peebles of Blaxploitation fame and Vernon Reid of seminal black rock group, Living Colour. Frenetic space funk Burnt Sugar offshoot, Rebellum, will also chip in.
Gizmo w/ special guest Casey Benjamin
12:45am @ Groove
As the evening lurks towards the witching hour, head over to the new home of the always entertaining Revive Music Stage, formerly housed at the recently shuttered Sullivan Hall, for the mellow grooves of Berkley-bred bassist Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers’ downtempo neo-soul project, with help from the inimitable Casey Benjamin on vocoder.