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NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2022 is proud to present bassist Pino Palladino and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills perform music from their instrumental collaboration debut album Notes With Attachments. This project brings together a distinguished group of musicians from the worlds of jazz, R&B, pop, and beyond. Each composition takes a different route, from different sessions, through various methods. It is both a producers’ album and a players’ album, exploring bits of musical vocabulary common to the two musicians, then defamiliarizing them. The through-line is a shared sensibility of intuition and experimentation. “I think both of us are musically drawn to find some kind of an exception to a rule, whatever that rule may be,” Mills says. 

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We are thrilled to announce the initial list of artists to be featured at the 18th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest! Please mark your calendars for January 13-22, 2022.

Since our founding in 2005, NYC Winter Jazzfest (NYCWJF) has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, supporting the rich growth and continued vitality of the jazz community. In our 18th year we are roaring back in a spirit of hope and renewal, with 10 nights of extraordinary programming: marquee performances, including major world premieres, from artist-in-residence Angel Bat Dawid, Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, Ben LaMar Gay, Jaimie Branch, Fay Victor and Kate Gentile; a Summer of Soul screening/convo and “The Feel Good” Party with Questlove and guests; and once again our weekend multi-venue, multi-artist marathon, which has become recognized as one of New York’s most essential nightlife offerings, giving audiences full access to all participating venues and dozens of groups performing from early evening deep into the wee hours.

Praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and countless other national publications, the NYCWJF has become a creative home for pathbreaking artists from the local NYC scene and globally, and a pivotal destination for arts leaders and cultural cognoscenti, hardcore fans and new listeners alike. The festival has grown at a rapid pace, from the original one-day single-location program to annual schedules putting as many as 150 groups (over 600 artists) on 20 stages throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Like the entire arts infrastructure throughout the world, the NYCWJF was severely impacted by the COVID pandemic. We have emerged more strongly committed than ever to all aspects of our mission: not only shining a light on the greatest artists of our day, but facilitating new collaborations, creating new spaces for community, and always supporting struggles for racial and gender justice, immigrant rights, action on climate change and mass incarceration. On many levels, the pandemic brought all these issues even more to the forefront, and NYCWJF artists, with the festival’s support and encouragement, continue to engage with them in myriad ways. The NYCWJF also gratefully acknowledges crucial financial support from New Music USA and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG).

Conceived originally to showcase the latest and most cutting-edge jazz acts during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, and founded by New York concert impresario Brice Rosenbloom, NYCWJF has become the definitive all-inclusive jazz event that offers a “state of the union” of jazz and its many stylistic camps from hot swing to avant-garde to post-bop, jazz-funk, fusion, hypermodern through-composed music and jazz-inflected world music. From party bands to ambient electronic groups to the most advanced compositional approaches – audiences sample everything the jazz world has to offer. As a destination event, attendees regularly travel from other states and countries to attend the festival. Many in the industry see it as jazz's answer to SXSW.

Rosenbloom says of this year’s WJF, “Especially in these trying times we all deserve and need the positive energy of feel good music. In the spirit of celebrating Black American Music, we are committed to supporting musicians that have contributed to keeping us all musically medicated and inspired during the pandemic.”

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