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.