Source: Winter Jazzfest.
In 2017, Winter JazzFest artists addressed various themes of social justice in their music. Now in its 14th annual season, Winter Jazzfest 2018 will span January 10-17, 2018, presenting cutting-edge programming.
Following the 2017 incarnation of the festival, inspired by the public’s response to our social justice focus, Winter Jazzfest founder and producer Brice Rosenbloom decided to continue presenting concerts focusing on matters of social justice with a concert series entitled, WE RESIST! So far artists addressing social justice issues in their music have included Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence, Harriet Tubman, James Brandon Lewis, Samora Pinderhughes’ Transformations Suite, Shabaka and the Ancestors, La Frae Sci, Marc Ribot, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and more. Each performance raises money for a charity of the musicians’ choice. This series will continue throughout the end of 2017 and beyond.
Fittingly, the 2018 Winter Jazz Fest will focus on five main themes pertaining to social justice (mass incarceration, sexual and gender equality, racial justice, immigration rights and environmental responsibility), in direct protest to the actions and legislative agenda of the current White House and Congress. “We encourage musicians to submit projects for performance based on these themes for our 2018 festival,” says Rosenbloom. Artists may submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally this year, Winter Jazzfest is pleased to announce that our Artist-in-Residence is flutist, composer, bandleader and educator Nicole Mitchell, As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been named Flutist of the Year in the Down Beat International Critics Poll for 11 consecutive years; she has been named Jazz Journalists Association’s “Top Flutist of the Year” from 2010-2017. Her music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas from gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion. Mitchell served as the first woman president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. She was named “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. In 2017, she relased a broadly acclaimed album Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records), which landed her on the cover of Wire Magazine. She is currently Professor of Music in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology, (ICIT) at the University of California, Irvine. She will present her Black Earth Ensemble, Maroon Cloud, and two other new ensembles.
The signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon is scheduled for Friday January 12th – Saturday January 13th. This two-night event straddles venues on the North and South ends of Greenwich Village, taking over multiple stages at The New School and numerous stages South, East and West of Washington Square Park.
For the third year in a row, Winter Jazzfest is pleased to partner with the legendary ECM Records, which will present five current acts releasing albums in the coming year. This year the iconic label will again present one night of programming. Other labels showcasing artists on their own stages this year include Motéma Records, as well as stages curated by New York concert impresarios Meghan Stabile of Revive Music Group, Michael Katsobashvili of the New York Hot Jazz Festival, while Adam Schatz of Search & Restore remains a co-producer of the festival with Rosenbloom.