Jazz Connect Conference Announces 2015 Event: Jan. 8-9

New location for event that addresses important jazz issues and trends

Eddie Palmieri at Jazz Connect, NYC, Jan. 2014
Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition), musician Vernon Reid and JazzTimes publisher Lee Mergner at Jazz Connect, NYC, Jan. 2014
Vernon Reid and Jason Moran on the "Jazz in the Future Tense" panel, at Jazz Connect, NYC, Jan. 2014

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The Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, has announced the dates and a new location for the annual gathering of the jazz community in 2015. The conference will be held January 8-9, 2015 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City and will lead into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. Now in its third year, the conference, according to a press release, “will continue to focus on vital issues affecting the jazz community carrying on the format and momentum from the January 2014 event which had over 800 registrants.”

Moderators and panelists will again include a cross-section of artists and professionals from around the world. Early Bird Registration is $75 until September 30, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations.

The Jazz Connect Conference is organized by Peter Gordon of the Jazz Forward Coalition and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, with assistance and input from over a dozen industry professionals. With a theme of “Strength Through Community” the conference , says the release, “will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for 12 workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on a variety of timely subjects to engage, stimulate and challenge the registrants.” JazzTimes is the official publication for the event.

Due to the large number of attendees at previous events, the conference has moved from its location for the last three years at the Hilton New York to nearby Saint Peter’s Church, located at 54th and Lexington. The church has a long history of supporting and affiliating with jazz, going back to 1965 when the Reverend John Gensel created the Jazz Ministry. The church will be providing the conference with multiple and spacious multi-purpose rooms, including a black box theater, for the workshop and panel sessions.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, e-mail [email protected] or go to the conference website.

Here is a short video interview with Don Lucoff, of PDX Jazz and DL Media, who explains the origins of the Jazz Connect Conference: