The first annual Jazz Congress was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 11-12, 2018. The conference, the result of a partnership between Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, brought together over 700 members of the international jazz community for a series of panels, workshops, events and performances. The keynote presentation was by NBA Hall-of-Famer and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who talked about his lifelong affinity for jazz, as well as the importance of jazz artists taking stand about social and political issues. The drummer/bandleader/educator/producer Terri Lyne Carrington was presented with the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award by one of her many proteges, singer Lizz Wright.
All of the sessions in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center were streamed and recorded. Below is a list of the sessions with links to the videos.
Keynote session featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lizz Wright, Terri Lyne Carrington and others, as well as a panel on learning from large organizations, featuring representatives of SFJAZZ, Jazz St. Louis, Jazz at Lincoln Center and WBGO
A conversation on race in Jazz with Ethan Iverson and Wynton Marsalis, hosted by Andre Guess, plus a discussion of jazz and gender in jazz with panelists Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen, John Murph and Ellen Seeling, hosted by NPR’s Michelle Mercer
A panel on vocalists & repertoire featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Jazzmeia Horn, John Pizzarelli, Ted Rosenthal and Catherine Russell, hosted by Deborah Winer
Panels on Jazz & Politics and Creating Partnerships
A roundtable discussion with three legends of jazz piano—Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen and Harold Mabern—hosted by Ethan Iverson
A discussion titled “Why Performance Matters” about stagecraft, featuring Paquito D’Rivera, Darlene Chan, Marilyn Maye and Ted Firth, plus a panel on cultural considerations in presenting jazz