Jazz Connect Conference Brings Musicians and Industry Professionals Together in NYC

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter gives keynote speech

Arturo O'Farrill gave a passionate, inspiring address at the Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 2013
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Jazz Connect Conference, 1-13 (l. to r.): Gerald Veasley, Gary Steuer, Melissa Walker, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Peter Gordon, Lee Mergner, Mario Garcia Durham, Arturo O'Farrill, Jeff Myers, Tom Carter
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Trumpeter Jon Faddis was one of many jazz luminaries attending the Jazz Connect Conference at the Hilton New York, Jan. 2013
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Cutting Through the Clutter: An Interactive Session at the 2013 Jazz Connect Conference, Hilton NY, 1-13 (l. to r.): Lee Mergner, John Ernesto, Mary Ann Topper, Todd Barkan, Jana Herzen
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Bassist/composer Linda Oh participated in the panel "Jazz as a Global Music Phenomenon" at the Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 2013, NYC
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Mario Garcia Durham (President and CEO of APAP), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Thirsty Ear Recordings' Peter Gordon talk music at the Jazz Connect Conference at the Hilton New York, Jan. 2013
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Mark Ruffin of Sirius/XM Radio took part in the Jukebox Jury at the 2013 Jazz Connect Conference in New York
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Pianist/composer Matthew Shipp sat on the "Race in Jazz" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference held at the Hilton New York in January 2013
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Melissa Walker of Jazz House Kids chats with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the 2013 Jazz Connect Conference in New York City
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Nick Phillips of Concord Records and Mosaic Records' Michael Cuscuna were on the "Produce Yourself" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, NYC, 1-13
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Pianist Orrin Evans took part in the "Race in Jazz" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, NYC Jan. 2013
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Peter Gordon of Thirsty Ear Recordings, Jazz Connect Conference, NYC, 1-13
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"Presenting Jazz Creatively" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Hilton New York, Jan. 2013
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New arrivals register for the Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 2013, Hilton New York
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"YouTube, Vimeo & You" panel, Jazz Connect Conference, 1-13, NYC
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Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia gave the keynote speech at the Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 2013, NYC
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The Music Streaming Rights and Issues panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 2013 at the Hilton New York, featured (l. to r.) David Oxenford, George Howard, Casey Rae, Ben Allison and Alan Bergman
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More than 1,000 people registered for the Jazz Connect Conference at the Hilton New York in Jan. 2013
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With more than 1,000 musicians, journalists, electronic media and technology people, music industry folks and jazz fans registered, the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP NYC 2013 was an unqualified success. More than 15 panels and workshops were devoted to topics ranging from Race in Jazz to Presenting Jazz Creatively, Innovations in Technology to Music Streaming Rights and Issues. Held at the Hilton New York and free of charge, the two-day conference-presented by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition-served to educate, inspire and enlighten and, of course, to bring together a diverse crowd that had one thing in common: a more than casual interest in jazz.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia gave the keynote address at noon on the first day of the conference, Jan. 10, recalling the rich history of jazz in his city and addressing the role he hopes the music will continue to play in its future. He bemoaned the near disappearance of jazz clubs in Philly and expressed confidence that a jazz renaissance has already taken wing there.

Nutter’s keynote address was followed by short presentations by Tom Carter, Gerald Veasley, Melissa Walker, Arturo O’Farrill and Jeff Myers.

Organizers are considering a possible expansion of the conference for 2014.