"What began last year as a cri de coeur against the jazz-is-dead grumblers has grown into the Walt Whitman of New York festivals: a celebration of the multitudes. Featuring 50-plus bands, including those of pianist Gerald Clayton, saxophonist Darius Jones, and guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, the Undead takes place over four nights in Greenwich Village, Gowanus, and Williamsburg, and should leave no doubt about the music’s vitality."
I've also provided NYMag readers with five picks for great shows. Three of them, it should be noted, are tonight.
Check out Undead's website for the full schedule. No one show (or five shows) is the point; The bounty of music and enthusiasm is the point. And to that end, Adam Schatz, the festival's young and talented presenter, has cut this trailer with a second of music for every one of the Undead's bands:
I'll see you there tonight.