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The 14th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest will take place from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17. This year the festival will continue to confront issues of injustice. The organizers promised to focus on social justice and “supporting projects pertaining to racism, women’s and gender issues, immigration, mass incarceration and environmental responsibility.”

Jazzfest begins only days after the full night of protest at the Golden Globes, where celebrities and activists came together to stand against sexism, misogyny and sexual assault. The difference with Jazzfest is that the intention is not a brand-new paradigm but a continuation of a theme that began at last year’s events.

The Jazzcat website states, “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!

“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.”

In terms of music highlights, Ravi Coltrane will continue to pay tribute to his mother, Alice after touring a string of tribute concerts in 2017 after the release of the Alice Coltrane posthumous opus, “The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.” His tribute for the fest is titled, “Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane.” Gilles Peterson will be hosting the UK Jazz Stage and a tribute to Geri Allen will include Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack Dejohnette, Angela Davis, Esperanza

Spalding and others.

This fest is going to be a week of jazz, tributes, cultural awareness and responsible resistance. Even if you just go for the music, it will be certainly be an experience you’ll want to pursue.

The 2018 NYC Winter Jazzfest schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 10

WJF presents Gilles Peterson hosting British Jazz Showcase with The Comet Is Coming, Nubya Garcia, Yazz Ahmed and Oscar Jerome, and sponsored by PRS Foundation and BBC Music

Venue: (le) poisson rouge

Thursday, Jan. 11

Jose James performs the music of Bill Withers: “Knower,” “My Brightest Diamond” and more

Venue: (le) poisson rouge

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13

NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon

Multiple venues

Sunday, Jan. 14

Ravi Coltrane presents “Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of

Alice Coltrane”

Venue: (le) poisson rouge

Monday, Jan. 15

A Tribute to Geri Allen, with music direction by Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Angela Davis, Esperanza Spalding, Craig Taborn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Ingrid Jensen, Jack DeJohnette, Jaimeo Brown, Jeff Tain Watts, Kassa Overall, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Maurice Chestnut, Mino Cinelu, Ravi Coltrane, S. Epatha Merkeson, Tia Fuller, Vijay Iyer and others, and presented in association with Terri Lyne Carrington, Motema Music and Ora Harris

Venue: The New School Tishman


Tuesday, Jan. 16

Nicole Mitchell’s “Afrofuturist Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds,” with Tyshawn Sorey (solo percussion set)

Venue: (le) poisson rouge

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Deerhoof Meet Wadada Leo Smith, with Nicole Mitchell Maroon Cloud

Venue: (le) poisson rouge