Corn. U. Copia. You know, like overabundance, like variety, like horn o’ plenty. The annual Winter Jazzfest swamps an array of venues in the Village — the kind of gathering that can make even the most dedicated fan a bit dizzy. With over a decade of victories under its belt, this year the fest adds more venues and more artists. That mandates more decisions, of course. It’s 11:15 on Friday; are you planting yourself at Marc Ribot & the Young Philadelphians, Kris Davis’s INFRASOUND, or Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life? Obviously not an affair for hand-wringers. You’ve gotta make a choice and act in order to claim prime real estate at each space. How else to absorb the myriad subgenres, from drummer Dafnis Prieto’s Cuban-slanted fusion to guitarist Anthony Pirog’s progtastic dreamscapes to the Vandermark-Wooley reed-brass abstractions? The 2015 don’t-miss event seems obvious: the ICP Orchestra, in from Amsterdam to blow minds and tickle funny bones (grab their new East of the Sun immediately). And hats off to Andrew D’Angelo and his reeds-only quartet for the slate’s most appropriate band name: The entire weekend, after all, Sounds Like Fun.
Other Must-See Groups:
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls – Saturday, Minetta Lane Theater
David Murray Clarinet Summit – Friday, Minetta Lane Theater
Darius Jones Quartet – Saturday, Player’s Theater
Mark Turner Quartet – Saturday, Zinc Bar
Travis LaPlante’s Battle Trance – Friday, Judson Church
Uri Caine + Han Bennink – Friday, Subculture
Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys – Friday, Player’s Theater
Michael Bates’ Northern Spy – Friday, Subculture
What? You’ve an opening on your Thursday night dance card? There’s plenty of action at Greenwich House’s “Jazz Resolutions” show. Ben Wendel Quartet, Jamie Baum & Short Stories, Michael Blake’s Tiddy Boom and the Joel Harrison 4 are all set up to get the party started. 6 pm. 46 Barrow Street. $10 212-242-4770.