Catherine Russell

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The Winter Jazzfest, which descends on New York City every year at this time, is more than a show of superabundance. While it's true that the festival's defining trait is a dizzying sprawl and variety of acts — and this year's edition, the 14th, is no exception — there are other reasons for its claim as the most important jazz event of the year.

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Our partners at Jazz at Lincoln Center continue a beloved New York tradition with soulful renditions of holiday classics by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.