Clinton, Cornershop, Blues Explosion, Zippers Lined Up For Jazz Fest

You may not consider British curry-flavored rockers Cornershop, rockabilly noise mongers the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, or funk-master George Clinton to be jazz artists, but someone does.

Those acts will join the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Debbie Harry, and many others as part of the annual “What Is Jazz” festival, once again staged by the folks at New York’s Knitting Factory.

The festival will further stretch the notion of jazz with two shows that infuse the genre with dance elements: clarinet wiz Don Byron’s Existential Dred (a jazz-funk party that a few months ago featured rapper Biz Markie) will turn up, as will rising star trumpeter Graham Haynes and his outfit Tones For The 21st Century, which will join highly-regarded post-techno DJ Mutamassik.

The two week festival will sprawl across 11 venues in Manhattan, and users can find schedule and ticket information at www.knittingfactory.com.