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Jazz Congress Announces 2020 Dates

Registration opens Aug. 1, deadline to submit panel ideas is Aug. 15

Maria Schneider at Jazz Congress (photo by Lawrence Sumulong/JALC)
Maria Schneider at the 2018 Jazz Congress (photo: Lawrence Sumulong/JALC)

Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes has announced the dates for the 2020 Jazz Congress, a conference which brings together members of the global jazz community to network, as well as grow the audience for the music. 

The annual gathering also seeks to nurture businesses and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support jazz. The third annual Jazz Congress will take place on Jan. 13 and 14, 2020 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

Registration opens on Aug. 1. Conference keynote address and schedule of panels, workshops, meetings and performances will be announced soon.

In addition to hosting sessions designed by conference organizers, Jazz Congress invites the community to submit session ideas through an online application. Individuals can submit one session idea and must confirm at least one other panelist to be considered. As session dates and times cannot be guaranteed, proposed panelists are encouraged to attend both days of Jazz Congress. The deadline to submit panel ideas is Aug. 15. Jazz Congress organizers will notify accepted entries by Sept. 15.

As in 2019, the Jazz Congress Advisory Board will provide input from the jazz community on the programming and marketing of the conference. The Jazz Congress Advisory Board, which is still in formation, includes Gene Dobbs Bradford, Stefon Harris, Tim Jackson, Karen Kennedy, Don Lucoff, Denny Stilwell and Helen Sung.


To register for 2020 Jazz Congress, for more information and to submit a panel, go to

Registration Rates and Dates

Early Bird Registration: Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2019
Two Day Pass: $125


Priority Registration: Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2019
Two Day Pass: $175
Single Day Pass: $125

Regular Registration: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019 Two Day Pass: $200
Single Day Pass: $150
January Registration: Jan. 1, 2020 onward

Two Day Pass: $250
Single Day Pass: $200

Student Tickets: 
50% discount at any time. Must show valid student ID at registration.


Special accommodation rates, from $109 and up, for 2020 Jazz Congress attendees are available at the Empire Hotel, located at 44 W. 63rd Street, just a few blocks from Jazz at Lincoln Center and across the street from Lincoln Center. 


Previous Jazz Congress conferences, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, have drawn upwards of 1,100 attendees from all over the world and have featured speakers including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vijay Iyer, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider, George Wein, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo O’Farrill, Gary Bartz, and Jennifer Leitham. An annual highlight is the keynote session and presentation of The Bruce Lundvall Award on the afternoon of the first day of the event.