Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions

11/13/11    In Person

Miguel Zenón: Digging His Roots

Video interview with saxophonist, composer and bandleader from the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival


10/02/11    Cuba

La Zorra y El Cuervo: An Oasis for Jazz in Cuba

Manager of nightclub in Havana talks about the local jazz scene


09/25/11    Cuba

Erica von Kleist: Bringing Jazz Horns and Theory to Cuba

Jazz musician shares her passion for jazz and theory with young music students in Cuba


07/23/11    Author Author

David Kastin: Putting a Life into the Context of History

Author of book about jazz patron Pannonica de Koenigswarter, better known as Nica, explains the person behind the legend and why she made for a compelling subject for a biographer

06/19/11    News

JazzWeek Announces Awards for Jazz Radio

Kurt Elling, Dr. Jazz, ECM and HighNote/Savant among the winners in 13 categories announced during the radio organization’s annual Summit in Rochester


06/12/11    News

Jazz Journalists Association Presents Annual Awards in NYC

Organization gives out over 40 awards to artists, journalists and activists


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


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


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


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


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


05/21/11    News

Cornell Dupree, Jazz-Soul Guitarist, Dies

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


05/20/11    News

Bruce Ricker, Jazz Filmmaker, Dies

Filmmaker often collaborated with Clint Eastwood on jazz and music films


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


05/18/11    News

Bob Flanigan, Original Member of Four Freshmen, Dies

Vocalist and musician was 84

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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.