Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions

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06/10/11    News

Les Paul’s Birthday Saluted by Google

The site and search engine posts an interactive guitar “doodle” in recognition of the guitarist’s 96th birthday on June 9

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06/09/11    Author Author

Ricky Riccardi: Armstrong Reconsidered

Author of new book on Louis Armstrong’s later years talks about his obsession with the trumpeter’s legacy

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06/09/11    Tangents

Eliane Elias: Her Song of Singing

The Brazilian jazz pianist/singer talks about her new album Light My Fire and explains the difference between being a piano player and a singer

06/07/11    News

Roy Haynes and Sheila E to Appear on David Letterman

Two drum and percussion greats among artists featured during "drum solo" week on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS

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05/28/11    News

Influential Jazz Singer and Poet Gil Scott-Heron Dies

Composer of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and other classic recordings was 62

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05/24/11    News

Bill Frisell to Premiere New Work at Ellnora Guitar Festival in Illinois

Guitarist collaborates with filmmaker Bill Morrison for The Great Flood, a multimedia piece about 1927 flood of Mississippi River

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05/21/11    News

Cornell Dupree, Jazz-Soul Guitarist, Dies

Guitarist with Stuff and sideman with Aretha Franklin and King Curtis was 68

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05/20/11    News

Bruce Ricker, Jazz Filmmaker, Dies

Filmmaker often collaborated with Clint Eastwood on jazz and music films

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05/19/11    News

Jazz Trumpeter Snooky Young Dies

Trumpeter who performed with Tonight Show band, Count Basie and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, was 92

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05/18/11    News

Bob Flanigan, Original Member of Four Freshmen, Dies

Vocalist and musician was 84

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05/16/11    News

Return to Forever IV Announces 32-City Tour

Corea, Clarke and White to tour US with Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale

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05/16/11    JT Notes

The Art of the Interview

JT's editor-in-chief talks with Ethan Iverson and introduces the June 2011 issue

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05/10/11    Tangents

Ben Allison: Singing the Melody

Bassist talks with JT's editor-in-chief about his new album Action-Refraction and why he likes to sing in private

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05/06/11    News

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Fest to Salute Abbey Lincoln

Noted festival, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and held at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to feature performances by Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Tia Fuller, Marlena Shaw and JaLaLa

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05/04/11    News

Boston Jazz Community Salutes DJ Eric Jackson

Longtime jazz radio host celebrated at two events connected with JazzBoston’s Jazz Week

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05/03/11    News

Esperanza Spalding to Open for Prince in LA

Band featuring Spalding, Joe Lovano, Jef Lee Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington and Raymond Angry to open for pop star at Forum on May 6 and 7

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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.