Two Views From the Winter Jazzfest Marathon

Source: WBGO.

“Art hurts. Art urges voyages — and it is easier to stay at home.” Gwendolyn Brooks wrote those words just over 50 years ago, for her poem “Chicago Picasso.” They resurfaced late on Friday night at the New School Tishman Auditorium, as part of the 2018 Winter Jazzfest Marathon. This was during Art and Anthem: For Gwendolyn Brooks, a chamber-jazz affair conceived by the flutist Nicole Mitchell and featuring the pianist Jason Moran. With Brooks’ verse entrusted to the poet Erica Hunt and the singer Shana Tucker, the project held a place of prominence on the marathon, and in one sense summed up the spirit of this roving and expansive yet often introspective event.