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James “Blood” Ulmer will be part of the Winter Jazzfest marathon this week

James “Blood” Ulmer will be part of the Winter Jazzfest marathon this week

Multiple venues in downtown Manhattan
January 13-17, single-day marathon pass $45, two-day pass $75, full festival pass $145

While such January performance festivals as COIL, Under the Radar, Prototype, and American Realness go the multidisciplinary route, mixing things up with dance, experimental theater, installation art, opera, music, and various hybrids, Winter Jazzfest sticks to exactly what its name says it is: a winter festival of jazz music. The 2016 Winter Jazzfest takes place January 13-17, featuring more than 120 musicians, DJs, and bands playing at a dozen venues in downtown Manhattan, including the twelfth annual jazz marathon spread over two days. Below is a guide to help navigate some of the hottest shows.

Wednesday, January 13
The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson, Happy Apple, (le) poisson rouge, $20-$25, 8:00

Thursday, January 14
Jazz Legends for Disability Pride, with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes, Bill Charlap, Monty Alexander, and others, the Quaker’s Friends Meeting House, $100, 6:30

Friday, January 15: Winter Jazzfest Marathon
Joey Arias: Basic Black, (le) poisson rouge, 6:20
Roy Hargrove, the New School Auditorium, 7:40
James “Blood” Ulmer, the New School Auditorium, 9:00
Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Evolution, Judson Memorial Church, 9:20
The Ex, the Greene Space, 11:00
Vijay Iyer Trio, the New School Tishman Auditorium, 11:20
Jeff Lederer’s Brooklyn Blowhard, Subculture, 12:20 am
Theo Croker, the Bitter End, 1:40 am

Saturday, January 16: Winter Jazzfest Marathon
Don Byron Quartet, the New School Auditorium, 6:20
Theo Bleckmann Elegy, the New School Tishman Auditorium, 7:20
Cyrus Chestnut’s African Reflections, the Greene Space, 8:20
Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones, New School Jazz Building Fifth Floor Theater, 9:40
Samy Daussat “Gypsy Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg,” the Django at the Roxy Hotel, 11:00
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen, Judson Memorial Church, 12 midnight

Sunday, January 17
Channeling Coltrane: Rova’s Electric Ascension, with Nels Cline, Charles Burnham, Gerald Cleaver, Trevor Dunn, Jason Kao Hwang, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, and Nate Wooley and an opening set by Julian Lag, (le) poisson rouge, $25-$30, 6:00

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