Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions


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


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


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


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.


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


03/15/12    In Person

Jeff Hamilton: Recapturing the Red Sparkle

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the drummer talks about his early musical development, the latest project from his trio and his experiences on the cruise

02/27/12    In Person

Don Braden: Learning to Listen

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, saxophonist talks about his early musical development, his involvement with the Litchfield Jazz Camp and the importance of listening

02/20/12    In Person

Michael Lazaroff: The Man behind the Curtain on the Jazz Cruise

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions talks about how the Jazz Cruise was created and how he approaches the programming and marketing of that cruise and the other music cruises they organize...

02/14/12    In Person

Laurence Hobgood: The Spirit of Collaboration

In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, pianist talks about his early musical development, the importance of collaboration and his POEMJAZZ project with poet Robert Pinsky


01/22/12    In Person

Michel Camilo: The Rhythm is the Thing

Video interview with the pianist who talks about playing with his new trio, solo and with large ensembles.

12/25/11    In Person

Trombone Shorty: All in the Family

Video interview with New Orleans trombonist, trumpeter and bandleader who talks about his mentors from New Orleans and about the sense of community among musicians.

12/17/11    In Person

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Learning from the Past

Video interview with saxophonist who talks about his own jazz education, his collaboration with Bunky Green and his newest band

12/08/11    In Person

Avishai Cohen: Living with the Trumpet

Video interview with noted trumpeter who talks about his own jazz education and the unique demands of playing the trumpet


12/05/11    News

Sonny Rollins Honored by Kennedy Center and President Obama

Saxophonist receives Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Yo-Yo Ma and Neil Diamond


11/20/11    In Person

Hiromi: Solo Inspiration

Video interview with pianist from the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival


11/13/11    Cuba

Schedule for Havana International Jazz Festival Announced

Roberto Fonseca, Harold López-Nussa, Bobby Carcasés and other Cuban jazz musicians to perform at venues throughout the city during December 15-18

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About Lee Mergner


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.