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Leeds College Hosts UK Jazz Conference

Discussions about jazz’s place in the record industry and journalism’s place in the jazz industry will abound at this year’s Leeds International Jazz Conference, to be held at the Leeds College of Music in England from April 2-4. Like the North American-based IAJE conference, Leeds is an annual event for jazz industry folk featuring lectures, discussions and artist performances.

The theme for this year’s Leeds conference is “Jazz on Record” and will feature lectures by producer Michael Cuscuna, Jazz Journalists Association president Howard Mandel and saxophonist Bob Mintzer (pictured). The conference will also include performances and/or workshops by some of the U.K.’s leading contemporary jazz composers, with particular emphasis on those presenting original new work. The live music program will feature performers like the Electric Dr M, Didrik Ingvaldsen, Omar Puente, Dennis Rollins, Martin Speake, Peter Wareham and Kate Williams.

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