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First Speakers and Sessions Announced for Jazz Congress 2020

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Sheila Jordan and Wynton Marsalis will be among the participants in the Jan. 13-14 conference

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the 2019 Charlie Parker Jazz Festval, New York (photo: Alan Nahigian)

Today (Nov. 19), Jazz Congress 2020 announced its long-anticipated initial list of speakers and sessions. Among the musicians participating in the Jan. 13-14 event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York are Benny Benack III, Jaimie Branch, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Braxton Cook, Orrin Evans, Jon Faddis, Maxine Gordon, Benny Green, Marquis Hill, Javon Jackson, Sheila Jordan, Kokayi, Marilyn Maye, René Marie, Christian McBride, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash, Ted Rosenthal, Samora Pinderhughes, Somi, Camille Thurman, and Brandee Younger.

Additionally, speakers will include representatives from ABKCO, Columbia University, the DC Jazz Festival, Fully Altered Media, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Memes, Jazz Philadelphia, Jazz St. Louis, JazzWeek, LunAtico, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, NPR Music, the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, South Arts, the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation, and WBGO.

Co-produced by JazzTimes and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Congress 2020 will feature more than 32 sessions, including:

• Wellness for Jazz Musicians
• Africa: The Past & Future of Jazz
• Perfect Pitch: Jazz Video Challenge
• Musician: Book Thyself!
• “Bird” and Beyond: Celebrating Charlie Parker at 100
• How to Build Buzz for Gigs in the Post-Listings Era
• The Balance of Art & Commerce in the Business of Jazz Recording
• Jazz Radio’s Role in an Era of Music Abundance
• Jazz Jukebox Jury
• Ask the Pros

For registration and more information about Jazz Congress 2020—including a more detailed schedule in the coming weeks—visit


Go to the Video Archive section of our website to see videos of sessions from Jazz Congress 2019.