Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions


02/22/15    In Person

Lewis Nash: Driving Force for Music and Education

In a video interview from the Jazz Cruise 2014, the noted jazz drummer talks about his early musical development, his work with Betty Carter, Cedar Walton and Mulgrew Miller and the creation of The Nash, an education and performing arts center named in his...


02/07/15    In Person

Ryan Keberle: Getting Into the Zone

Video interview with the trombonist during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival


01/24/15    In Person

Kendrick Scott: Creating a Body of Work

Video interview with the drummer and bandleader during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival


01/22/15    In Person

Helen Sung: Connected to Monk, Mingus and the Masters

Video interview with the pianist during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival


01/21/15    In Person

Dan Tepfer on Learning & Teaching Jazz, Lee Konitz, the Goldberg Variations & More

Video interview with pianist during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival


09/20/14    In Person

Tim Jackson of the Monterey Jazz Festival Connects Past, Present & Future

Video interview with the artistic director of the prestigious jazz festival


03/16/14    In Person

Willie Jones III: Moving the Music Forward

In a video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2014, the drummer and bandleader discusses his education, mentors and label WJIII Records. Jones talks about Billy Higgins, Max Roach, Cedar Walton and other important influences in his life.


02/13/14    Features

The Kennedy Center's Surreal Herbie Hancock Tribute

A strange maiden voyage


11/12/13    Concerts

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival: In the Spirit

JT publisher Lee Mergner reports from festival in Cape May, N.J.


10/13/13    In Person

Michel Camilo on George Wein & the Newport Jazz Festival

Video interview with the pianist and bandleader taped at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

10/08/13    In Person

Mary Halvorson: Leading by Example

Video interview with the composer, guitarist and bandleader taped at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival


08/23/13    Books

Walk Tall:The Music & Life Of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
Cary Ginell

The saxophonist and bandleader Cannonball Adderley was not only an important and influential figure in the evolution of postbop and soul jazz, he was also by most accounts a man with a message and a personality who was generally beloved by his fellow musicians...

05/24/13    Features

The Jazz Cruise: Beyond the Sea

Community, camaraderie and a non-stop program of top-flight jazz


05/17/13    Books

World on a String: A Musical Memoir
John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff

Guitarist, singer and radio personality John Pizzarelli, 52, is one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on today’s jazz scene. In his new book, co-written with longtime collaborator Joseph Cosgriff, he recounts his life in music, and that life...


04/28/13    In Person

John Clayton: Playing, Arranging, Teaching & Learning

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the bassist talks about playing, arranging and teaching jazz


04/21/13    In Person

Steve Wilson: Artistry & Versatility

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the saxophonist talks about his multi-faceted career as both sideman and leader

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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.