2017 Winter JazzFest - Will's New York Nite Life

2017 Winter JazzFest

2017 Winter JazzFest

Various Venues

This long running annual event is often described as a marathon, but it’s more like a long-distance smorgasbord, a mega-buffet of all the various styles and subdivisions included under the general umbrella of the term jazz. As it has been for the last 12 years, the Winter Jazz Fest is centered in multiple venues mostly in the West Village and is timed to coincide with the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention (which is mostly at the New York Hilton and other midtown environs). Dozens if not hundreds of bands and artists are all performing within a short walk from each other, and it’s all available for one reasonable price. This year, there’s a strong political motivation to a lot of the performances (don’t tell me you didn’t see that coming!) but overall it’s a highly equal-opportunity representation of the general state of the music at the start of 2017. As always, I plan to spend most of my time at the Hot Jazz Festival Stage in the Django (at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca) but there’s something for everyone on Friday and Saturday nights.

For further info and tickets, please visit www.winterjazzfest.com

Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)