First held in 2005, the NYC Winter JazzFest began as a series of concerts to accompany the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The mid-winter convention, which brings together promoters, agents, publicists, and programmers, means nothing to the hundreds of jazz fans who pack Manhattan's Greenwich Village to pack in as many concerts as possible.
For two nights, dozens of the hottest musicians and bands in progressive jazz are scheduled for back-to-back sets in a handful of venues. The fact that there are constantly three or four performances occurring at once within a square block adds a certain thrill and enjoyably frenetic atmosphere to the festival.
NYC Winter JazzFest Reviews: