Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions

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02/12/13    Books

Book Review: Shall We Play That One Together?

Lee Mergner reviews Paul De Barros' biography of Marian McPartland

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12/26/12    News

Bluesman Buddy Guy Honored by the Kennedy Center

Broadcast of Kennedy Center Honors tribute airs on CBS

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12/09/12    In Person

Vince Giordano: Celebrating the Past in the Present

Video interview with the swing bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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12/03/12    In Person

Ingrid Jensen: Living with the Trumpet

Video interview with the composer, trumpeter and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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12/03/12    Education

Pennies from Heaven

Six successful jazz artists recall their first paying gig

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11/06/12    In Person

Darcy James Argue: Creating his Secret Society

Video interview with the composer, arranger and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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11/04/12    In Person

John Ellis: Music in Play

Video interview with the saxophonist and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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11/03/12    In Person

Theo Bleckmann on Kate Bush, the Claudia Quintet and Singing with Other Singers

Video interview with the unique vocalist taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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11/02/12    In Person

Linda Oh on Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, her First Paid Gig and More

Video interview with the bassist/bandleader from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

11/01/12    In Person

Joe Lovano on the Music of Wayne Shorter & More

Video interview with the acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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09/09/12    In Person

Christian McBride on Mentoring, Big Bands and Miles on TV

Video interview with the bassist/bandleader from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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07/29/12    In Person

Jay Leonhart: The Bass Lesson, Tulips & Jazz

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, noted bassist talks about his early musical development, his creation of “The Bass Lesson” and his new project about tulips, yes, tulips

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07/15/12    In Person

Wycliffe Gordon: Sing It First!

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the trombonist talks about his early musical development, his approach to teaching jazz and the power of Louis Armstrong

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07/09/12    In Person

Randy Brecker: Reuniting the Brecker Brothers Band

In video interview from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the trumpeter talks about the genesis of the seminal jazz fusion group as well as why he decided to bring the band back together

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03/26/12    Tangents

Ken Peplowski: House Music Hunting

Clarinetist and saxophonist launches initiative to do house concerts playing jazz and beyond. He calls it KP's House Party.

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03/22/12    In Person

Kurt Elling: Straight Ahead

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the vocalist talks about his early musical development, his many upcoming projects and his experiences on the cruise

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About Lee Mergner

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Lee Mergner is currently a group publisher with Madavor Media and oversees the production and marketing of JazzTimes and BirdWatching magazines. As the publisher of JazzTimes magazine, he also contributes reviews, columns, news features and profiles to that magazine and oversees the magazine’s annual industry directories. And he co-hosts, along with singer Rene Marie, the JazzTimes Spins & Riffs podcast.

Mergner is one of the organizers of the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC. That event, held as an adjunct to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in January, brings together the jazz community in a series of workshops, panels and events, dedicated to expanding the audience for jazz.`

In addition to his work with JazzTimes, Mergner appeared regularly as a guest and host on over 100 shows on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the BET on Jazz cable channels. He appeared regularly on the radio show "Favorite Things" on WDCU FM in Washington, DC as well as other regional and national radio shows, including Sirius, WCPN, WBGO, Public Radio East, CBC and many more. He has also appeared frequently as a moderator or panelist at several music industry conferences and seminars, including those sponsored by NAIRD/AFIM, NJSO, IAJE, WAMA, AMA and the New Music Seminar.

In addition to his deep-seated interest in the promotion of jazz and roots music, Mergner has a strong commitment to independent music. He was an active member of the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) and has served on that organization's Convention Planning and INDIE Awards committees and was a judge for its INDIE Awards. Mergner has served on the advisory board for numerous jazz and music industry organizations and radio stations.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mergner obtained his BA in Psychology and Math from Dickinson College and an MBA in Marketing from Temple University.