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Sameer Gupta sews together sounds from all over the world with Namaskar.
Sameer Gupta sews together sounds from all over the world with Namaskar. Courtesy of the artist
No one questions New York's jazz intensity. When several news outlets — online and printed — make it their mission to document everything improvised in the city, you know you've hit the jazz jackpot.
Parsing through the concert listings can be daunting, but choosing one event to attend on Jan. 8-9 is easy. In the heart of the West Village, there's a music cornucopia that best encapsulates the New York scene: Winter Jazzfest. With five stages and more than 60 bands, the festival highlights mostly emerging talent, with big names such as Don Byron and Nels Cline sprinkled in, and occurs during the 2011 APAP Conference. This is where artists, managers, agents and most importantly music presenters converge on America's music capital to showcase and discover new talent. This is where concert tours are born.
Related: WBGO's Josh Jackson previews the Winter Jazzfest with Patrick Jarenwattananon on The Checkout.