The NYC Winter Jazzfest, co-produced by Brice Rosenbloom and Adam Schatz, started in 2005 with one night featuring 19 groups, and the plan to give greater exposure to jazz in New York and beyond. Its popularity has continued to grow and this year, the NYC Winter Jazzfest was a four-day festival, in ten venues, featuring over a hundred quality cutting-edge acts.
The New York Hot Jazz Festival (founded and directed by Michael Katsobashvili in 2013) sponsored the Greenwich House Music School stage for the second year, courtesy of Jennie Wasserman, the series curator at Greenwich House Music School (and formerly of SFJAZZ, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub and Carnegie Hall). I wish I had been able to see more of the full NYC Winter Jazzfest, but I concentrated on this stage - ten exciting acts were hosted over two nights at Greenwich House Music School, and it was standing room only for both nights.
Tom McDermott (solo piano)
The Bumper Jacksons, with Jess Eliot Myhre (vocals, clarinet and washboard), Chris Ousley (guitar, tenor banjo), Dave Hadley (pedal steel guitar), Alex Lacquement (bass) and Dan Samuels (drums).
Clarinet Road with Evan Christopher (clarinet), Brian Seeger (guitar), Jacob Webb (bass), Hilary Gardner (vocals)
EarRegulars with Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Evan Christopher (clarinet), Pat O'Leary (bass), and Kat Edmonson (vocals)
The New Wonders with Mike Davis (cornet), Ricky Alexander (reeds), Emily Asher (trombone), Glenn Crytzer (banjo), Jay Rattman (bass saxophone), and Jay Lepley (drums)
Christian Sands (solo piano)
Michael Mwenso (vocals) and Brianna Thomas (vocals) with Alphonso Horne (trumpet), Mathis Picard (piano), Alexander Claffy (bass) and Joe Saylor (drums)
Rhythm Future Quartet with Jason Anick (violin), Olli Soikkeli (guitar), Max O’Rourke (second guitar) and Greg Loughman (bass)
The Avalon Jazz Band with Tatiana Eva-Marie (vocals), Adrien Chevalier (violin), Olli Soikkeli (guitar), Michael Valeanu (guitar), Julian Smith (bass), and special guest Oran Etkin (reeds)
Grand Street Stompers with Gordon Au (trumpet), Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Jake Handelman (trombone), Nick Russo (guitar), Rob Adkins (bass), Kevin Dorn (drums), and Tamar Korn (vocals)
For more information about this and other Hot Jazz events, visit NYHotJazzFest.com