Photo: Brice Rosenbloom (L) and saxophonist Kamasi Washington. | Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Some Rights Reserved.
The next show will air on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast will feature an interview with Brice Rosenbloom: organizer and producer of the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest held in January. This program kicks off a series of Suga’ Festival coverage.
In 2005, the Winter Jazz Fest was established to give greater exposure to Jazz in New York and beyond. What started as a one-night festival featuring 19 groups has grown into four-day festival that lights up 10 venues with 100+ acts.
Live music promoter and event producer Brice Rosenbloom is the Co-Artistic Director of Le Poisson Rouge and founder of the NYC Winter Jazzfest. His company, Boom Collective, presents hundreds of concerts a year in venues all over New York City.
As an active presence in New York’s vibrant cultural scene, Rosenbloom curated the intimate MAKOR music series beginning in 1999, nurturing developing artists. Rosenbloom then collaborated for a year working shoulder-to-shoulder with Wynton Marsalis to establish the launch season of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center.
From there Rosenbloom continued overseeing a myriad of bookings with artists at the iconic Knitting Factory in 2005. Rosenbloom was then inspired towards the creation of the NYC Winter Jazzfest, which he produces with concert promoter Adam Schatz.
Rosenbloom’s prolific booking expertise within clubs and concert halls is complemented by artistic curating credentials in the performing arts world, representing varied interests in jazz, world, experimental, rock, electronic, and emerging contemporary music.
We’ll talk festival history and the logistics of putting on the event, preview the next festival, and play music from some of the participating artists such as saxophonist Kamasi Washington (see our previous show on him), trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, and much more!
This program is engineered, produced, hosted and edited by Joyce Jones.
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
The 2016 Winter Jazz Fest runs from January 13-17 at several locations in Greenwich Village. See the full schedule and artist lineup at their website. The next two Suga’ shows will feature coverage of artists at the festival. Head on over to our blog for previews, our annual cheat sheet to selected acts, and a full review when it wraps up.
Watch the official Winter Jazz Fest 2015 recap video.
Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system.