The 15th Annual Winter Jazzfest | Jan. 4th-12th, 2019

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15th Annual Winter Jazzfest
Announces 2019 Dates,
Artist-in-Residence Meshell Ndegeocello,
Keychange Initiative, And Return of British Jazz Stage Hosted by Gilles Peterson

Dear Winter Jazzfest Family,

From year to year, our deepest hope is to nurture the growth and ceaseless creative evolution of our jazz community, fostering social engagement in times of global turmoil. To that end, we are thrilled to announce the dates of the 15th annual Winter Jazzfest! Please mark your calendars for January 4-12, 2019.

The response to our 2018 festival was extraordinary, and in our landmark 15th year we will stay the course, offering standalone concerts, a showcase to coincide with the annual APAP conference, and other events leading up to our epic two-night marathon – Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12.

We will also again feature an inspiring artist-in-residence: this time the great singer-songwriter, bassist, producer and genre-defying musical visionary Meshell Ndegeocello, who will appear as a leader and collaborator in various projects to be announced. Ndegeocello will also participate in at least one of our Winter Jazzfest Talks, a FREE AFTERNOON SERIES of panel discussions we launched in 2017 and look forward to continuing in 2019.

In the past two years Winter Jazzfest has adopted a broad focus on jazz and social justice. Since our 2018 festival, this theme has only grown in relevance. Details will be announced, but as in the past, we are putting out a call to musicians to propose projects related to social justice, furthering the great legacy of activism and consciousness-raising that has been integral to jazz for decades.

In a related development, as previously announced in various news outlets, Winter Jazzfest is joining festivals across the globe in striving for gender parity on our festival stages. We are proud to be part of PRS Foundation’s international Keychange program, through which we’ve pledged to achieve a gender balance on our stages. We’ll be hosting a Keychange panel discussion and event as part of our conference sessions.

Additionally, we are pleased to be partnering again for a second year with PRS Foundation and BBC Music Introducing to host a British jazz stage for emerging artists from the U.K. Once again we are thrilled will welcome BBC 6 DJ, label founder and tastemaker Gilles Peterson as master of ceremonies for that evening. Please stay tuned for further details.

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