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The 2016 Jazz Connect Conference in Photos

4th annual conference attracts hundreds of jazz musicians, execs, media, etc.

"New Challenges to Impact Social Media" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Robert Glasper speaks at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Trumpeter Steven Bernstein speaks at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
"What's Your Marketing Plan?" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
"When to Call the Union" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016. l. to r.: Bob Cranshaw, Christian McBride, Jazzmeia Horn, Ted Nash and Jimmy Owens
Bassist Bob Cranshaw at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Brice Rosenbloom, recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Trumpeter Dave Douglas speaks at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jimmy Greene catch up at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Dee Dee Bridgewater emphasizes a point during her keynote speech at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Gary Bartz and Robert Glasper chat at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
"Jazz and the Policy State of the Union" panel, Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
"Jazz in Film" panel at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016. l. to r.: Keyon Harrold, Gary Bartz, Robert Glasper, Steven Bernstein
Singer Jazzmeia Horn at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene spoke at the 2016 Jazz Connect Conference in NYC about the jazz community's support following the death of his 6-year-old daughter during the horrific Sandy Hook massacre
Jimmy Owens
Trumpeter Jimmy Owens at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016 (photo: Jeff Tamarkin)
Maria Schneider speaks at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016

The fourth annual Jazz Connect Conference, held Jan. 14-15 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, was a huge success, attracting hundreds of attendees from all segments of the jazz world: artists, journalists, media executives, etc.

This year’s keynote speaker was the legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, who detailed the many challenges she faced coming up in the music industry. Other speakers on the first conference day included musicians Dave Douglas, Jimmy Greene and Steven Bernstein, as well as Joel Harrison of the American Pianists Association.

The second annual Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, named for the legendary record producer (who passed away last year), was given to presenter Brice Rosenbloom. And more than a dozen panel discussions, workshops and plenary sessions addressed a wide range of hot-button topics concerning the jazz world today, including marketing issues, social media, jazz in the mainstream media and more.

The documentary film Jaco, on the pioneering bassist Jaco Pastorius, was screened on day two of the conference, followed by a panel discussion focusing on his contributions to jazz.

Jazz Connect coincided with Winter Jazzfest, an event (created by Rosenbloom) that showcases dozens of jazz artists in numerous venues throughout the city. Watch this website for comprehensive coverage of Winter Jazzfest in the days to come.

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