I’m finally starting to recover from my weekend of extreme jazz consumption at the 2010 NYC Winter JazzFest. For some initial thoughts and a recap of my Day One experience on Friday, click here. For some other excellent Winter JazzFest recaps, check out Ben Ratliff, Nate Chinen, Ben Allison, Jacob Teichroew and Hank Shteamer.
Having attended Winter JazzFest last year, Friday had pretty much been in line with my expectations. Great music, solid crowds, high energy, good times. But I also knew that this was the first year that the festival had expanded to a second day, and was going to feature five venues rather than Friday’s three. It was clear that they were upping the ante — especially with such top-notch groups as Ben Allison, The Claudia Quintet, Gretchen Parlato and Vijay Iyer in the lineup.
Still, I had no idea what I was in for. The NYC Jazz Scene flat-out kicked ass on Saturday, and everyone — promoters, musicians, arts presenters, and especially jazz fans — played a part in making it happen. Congratulations to everyone for making it go over as well as it did!
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