Jazz Connect Conference Coming to NYC Thurs. and Fri.

Up to date schedule for 2-day event

The two-day Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013, presented by JazzTimes in conjunction with Jazz Forward Coalition, will take place this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 10-11, at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St., in Manhattan.

Jazz Connect brings together members of the jazz community for a series of panels, workshops and events. Jazz Connect will flow into the APAP|NYC conference, but admission is free. Membership and registration with APAP is not required.

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Schedule (as of 1/2/13)

Thursday, January 10

9:00 am Workshops (3)

Full Stream Ahead: Music Streaming Rights & Issues [BEEKMAN PARLOR]
As music makes continues to make its bumpy transition to digital, new technologies are shaping how artists reach audiences. In the last decade, we've seen downloads make way for streaming, with more and more listeners accessing music as opposed to owning it. From YouTube to Spotify to Pandora, different legal and marketplace conventions determine how, when and how much rights-holders get paid. This discussion will explore the ins and outs of a rapidly developing marketplace for which the future isn't entirely written.
Casey Rae (Future of Music Coalition) – moderator
Ben Allison
Alan Bergman
George Howard (Norton, LLC)
David Oxenford

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Beyond (DIY) [SUTTON SOUTH]
Social media experts discuss the basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels
Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity) – moderator
Melvin Gibbs
Rika Iino (Sozo Media)
Patrick Jarenwattananon (NPR)
Lou Plaia (Reverbnation)

The New Jazz Mentoring Paradigm [SUTTON CENTER]
With road bands becoming more the exception than the rule, today’s younger artists don’t have the same opportunities to apprentice with experienced bandleaders. This session, co-presented by the Jazz Education Network, looks at new ways and means of mentoring, on and off the bandstand.
Willard Jenkins (Open Sky) – moderator
Carl Allen (The Juilliard School)
Michael Carvin
Martin Mueller (New School)
Greg Osby (Inner Circle Music)
Matt Wilson

10:30 am Workshops (3)

Innovations in Technology: Are They Disruptive or Constructive? [BEEKMAN PARLOR]
Technology is increasingly setting the table for how we distribute, promote and experience music. This insider's look into the cutting edge technology and trends will illuminate the current platforms of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.
Session curated by Brian Zisk (SFMusicTech.com)
Brian Gruber (ShowGo.TV) – moderator
Jean Cook (Future of Music Coalition)
Douglas Purviance (Vanguard Music Orchestra)
Michael Ricci (AllAboutJazz.com)

Produce Yourself! (DIY) [SUTTON SOUTH]
Jazz producers and self-produced artists share their secrets for making a good record great.
Jeff Levenson (Half Note) – moderator
Brian Bacchus
Cecil Brooks III
Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records)
Nick Phillips (Concord Records)
Francois Zalacain (Sunnyside Records)

The 21st Century Jazz Tour [SUTTON CENTER]
What does a jazz tour look like these days and how best to make it happen? This session checks on latest touring realities and considers alternative ways to create and combine engagements in clubs, performing arts centers, and newer DIY spaces. A diverse panel of jazz professionals share their successes and challenges.
Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Management) – moderator
Tom Guralnick (Outpost Productions)
Michael Kline (Michael Kline Artists/Exit O Jazz Festival)
Allison Miller (BOOM TIC BOOM)
Liz Penta (Emcee Artist Management)

12 noon Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition) [BEEKMAN PARLOR/SUTTON NORTH]
Keynote Address and Stories of Innovation & Inspiration
Jazz is beyond notes on a page. As a musical genre it inspires, bonds communities, creates a multi-generational language, while providing the world with a little swing in its step. This opening plenary will look at personal stories on how the music has become a catalyst for bringing fresh ideas to the community.
Keynote presentation by Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia and President of US Conference of Mayors
Tom Carter (Thelonious Monk Institute)
Jeff Myers (This is Red)
Arturo O’Farrill (Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance)
Gerald Veasley (Bass Boot Camp)
Melissa Walker (Jazz House Kids)

Race in Jazz: Starting a Different Conversation, Working Toward Action
A frank discussion of how and why it has been so difficult to talk about the issue of race in and out of the jazz community along with ideas of actions we can take to better address the topic.
Erika Floreska (LeoCanto/Tectonic Theater Project) – moderator
Orrin Evans
Randy Sandke
Matthew Shipp
Other panelists TBD

Friday, January 11

9:00 am Workshops (3)

Cutting through the Clutter: An Interactive Session [TRIANON BALLROOM]
A panel of experts from various professional sectors (e.g. magazine, web, record company, radio, etc.) will analyze 4 to 5 projects to see if they are ready for prime time and suggest ways to make them better. We will actively engage jazz community to solicit projects to be evaluated.
Al Pryor (Mack Avenue) – moderator
John Ernesto (Berks Jazz Fest)
Jana Herzen (Motema Music)
Lee Mergner (JazzTimes)
Mary Ann Topper (The Jazz Tree)

How to Make Your Website Awesome! (DIY) [PETIT TRIANON]
How could your website be better? Experts in web development talk about new ideas, strategies and structures.
Giovanni Russonello (CapitalBop/JazzTimes) - moderator
Ben Azzara
David Dufresne (Bandzoogle)
Lois Gilbert (JazzCorner)
Matt Jorgensen (Origin Records)
Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment)

The Truth About Jazz Radio (JazzWeek Session 1) [RENDEZVOUS TRIANON]
Radio programmers and promoters discuss the value of promoting a release on the radio—including internet radio—and what's involved in making the effort worthwhile, and also when it's not worth doing.
Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek) – moderator
Nancy Barell (Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra)
Brad Barker (JAZZ.FM91)
John Bishop (Origin Records)
Neal Sapper (New World 'n' Jazz)

10:30 am Workshops (3)

Presenting Jazz Creatively [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Jazz presenters discuss new and innovative ways to present jazz in a challenging economy and competitive market.
Sara Donnelly (BlueSurgeCreative) – moderator
Daniel Atkinson (Athenaeum Jazz/UC San Diego Jazz Camp)
Matt Garrison (Shapeshifter Lab)
Brad Linde (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Rio Sakairi (The Jazz Gallery)

Youtube, Vimeo & You (DIY) [PETIT TRIANON]
Exploring what can be done with video and film on a shoestring budget.
John Newcott (WBGO) – moderator
Jimmy Katz
John Moultrie (iRockJazz)
Brian Pace (The Pace Report)
Joe Vella (Jazz Online)

Jukebox Jury (JazzWeek Session 2) [RENDEZVOUS TRIANON]
Panel of radio programmers will play cuts and talk about how they would (or wouldn’t) include the music in their station’s programming.
Derrick Lucas (WGMC) – moderator
Tom Reney (WFCR/New England Public Radio)
Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM)
Brad Stone (KSJS FM)

12:00 noon Plenary Panel [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Jazz as a Global Music Phenomenon
Leaders and innovators in the international jazz market talk about successful initiatives, models and practices for the advancement of jazz as a global genre.
Scott Southard (International Music Network) – moderator
Linda Oh
Wulf Muller (All In Music Service)
Peter Schulze (Jazz Ahead)
Gary P. Steuer (Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia)
Other panelist TBD

1:30 pm Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition) [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Everyone has a Voice
Given the mounds of information, concepts and advice presented at Jazz Connect, what do we do with these divergent words and thoughts? This town hall style meeting will present ideas large and small we can support as a community or individually. In addition to airing some nationally initiatives, we will be calling on members of the audience to present their ideas of the future to enable us to move forward and transpose them into action.
Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition) – moderator

Visit Jazz Connect for more information.

Sponsored by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition.

1 Comment

  • Jan 10, 2013 at 05:02PM Grace Testani

    Great convention! I am so bummed, I wanted to go to the first day (Thurs 1/20/12) but something came up. Will there be a recording or webcast of the day's events? I am registered to go to both days of the event. But today (1/10)was the one I was most interested in. Thanks, Grace Testani

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