For the 12th year in a row, Winter Jazzfest takes over the Village this week, with more than 100 bands playing a dozen venues across lower Manhattan. This year's festival - as in festivals past - features a dizzying array of music from both the straight up and experimental wings of adventurous music, including sets by Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, among many, many others. Go here to see the full lineup.
The festival starts tonight with a preview show at LPR featuring Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson and The Ex. Passes for the full festival, including all preview shows and the Sunday closer at LPR, run $145, while the weekend Marathon Pass costs a mere $75. Still the best bang for your buck of any festival, anywhere. Don't forget to bundle up.
More info on the Winter Jazzfest website.