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Winter Jazzfest Brings New Projects In Jazz To Stage

Some of the hottest names in jazz are performing Friday night in the West Village at the seventh annual Winter Jazzfest. The festival showcases new and interesting projects in jazz music, and is timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in New York.

“The goal was to show the presenters that jazz is worthy of their attention and that there really is a vibrant scene happening in New York,” says Winter Jazzfest founder and producer Brice Rosenbloom.

This year, 68 groups are performing on five stages–from emerging artists like Chris Lightcap to established musicians like 89-year-old jazz drummer Chico Hamilton.

“On any given night, there is a lot of jazz happening in New York, but it’s rare that artists are able to check out their friends play,” says Rosenbloom. “This is an opportunity for artists who may have played a set 45 minutes ago to stay in that venue and check out another guy play who they may have heard of, but also hadn’t had the chance to see.” 

Winter Jazzfest is January 7 and 8. One and two-day passes are available to the general public at