Jazz Connect Conference Announces Schedule for January 10-11 Event

Keynote speech by Philadelphia Mayor Nutter + workshops, showcases

Arturo O'Farrill
Ron Carter and Mayor Michael Nutter at press conference for Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Day
Jazz House Kids founder and Executive Director Melissa Walker and her husband, JHK Artistic Director Christian McBride. Photo courtesy of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

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JazzTimes, along with the Jazz Forward Coalition, will host the Jazz Connect Conference-part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP|NYC 2013)-on Jan. 10-11 at the Hilton New York in New York City.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has been announced as the keynote speaker of the event-he will address the attendees on Jan. 10 at noon.

Mayor Nutter has provided leadership and support for jazz in Philadelphia, creating the Philly Jazz Society and serving as president of USCM. He has also supported International Jazz Day (April 30), which falls at the end of Jazz Appreciation Month.

Jazz Connect features 12 workshops and four plenary sessions. Moderators and panelists will comprise a mixture of notable artists and professionals, both working inside and outside the realm of jazz. Among the many moderators and panelists scheduled are Tom Carter, Jeff Myers, Arturo O’Farrill and Melissa Walker. The schedule will include one session topic picked out of suggestions from the jazz community, and a workshop on the pros and cons of streaming music, a topic picked from suggestions of jazz artists and professionals.

Jazz Connect has partnered with the Jazz Education Network (JEN), which will sponsor a workshop focused on the value of mentoring in jazz.

Thursday’s (Jan. 10) workshops include “Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Beyond (DIY)”; “The New Jazz Mentoring Paradigm”; “Full Stream Ahead: Music Streaming Rights & Issues”; “Produce Yourself! (DIY)”; “Innovations in Technology: Are They Disruptive or Constructive?”; and “The 21st Century Jazz Tour.” At noon, Mayor Nutter will make his keynote address, which will be followed by a plenary panel discussing “Race in Jazz: Starting a different conversation, working toward action.”

Friday’s workshops include “How to Make Your Website Awesome! (DIY)”; “The Truth About Jazz Radio (JazzWeek Session 1)”; “Cutting through the Clutter: An Interactive Session”; “Youtube, Vimeo & You (DIY)”; “Jukebox Jury (JazzWeek Session 2)”; and “The Checkout Live”. A plenary panel will discuss, “Jazz as a Global Phenomenon” at noon, followed by a plenary session called “Everyone has a Voice.”

At 7 p.m., Winter JazzFest will take place at multiple venues in the Village. Winter JazzFest is a series of showcase performances by emerging and established musicians at different Village venues Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information about Jazz Connect, go to the event page which includes the updated schedule.