Tentative Schedule Announced for Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013

Series of workshops, panels and events on January 10-11, 2013 to address important issues and trends in the jazz community

Amy Cervini assists Jason Crane with his presentation on podcasts during the JazzTimes DIY Crash Course in January 2012, as part of Jazz Connect at APAP|NYC
Brice Rosenbloom, producer of Winter Jazzfest and Undead Music Fest in NYC, talks at workshop on presenting & touring during the JazzTimes DIY Crash Course in January 2012, as part of Jazz Connect at APAP|NYC

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The Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013, organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, announced the tentative schedule of events for this gathering of the jazz community. The conference will be held January 10-11, 2013 in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. The Jazz Connect Conference will feature a series of workshops, panels and events held over the course of two days. Registration is free, but attendees must pre-register by going here to the event site.

The schedule features 12 workshops and 4 plenary sessions, on topics such as: “The Truth About Jazz Radio”; “Cutting Through the Clutter”; “Youtube, Vimeo & You”; “Produce Yourself”; “The 21st Century Jazz Tour”; “Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Beyond”; “The New Jazz Mentoring Paradigm”; “Race in Jazz”; “Jazz as a Global Music Phenomenon”; and other timely and engaging subjects.

Moderators and panelists include a cross-section of artists and professionals, including Carl Allen, Ben Azzara, Brian Bacchus, Gail Boyd, Cecil Brooks III, Michael Carvin, Michael Cuscuna, David Dufresne, Erika Floreska, Lois Gilbert, Peter Gordon, Tom Guralnick, Jana Herzen, Bruce Houghton, Dick Huey, Ariel Hyatt, Rika Iino, Josh Jackson, Patrick Jarenwattanonon, Willard Jenkins, Matt Jorgensen, Jeff Levenson, Allison Miller, John Moultrie, Martin Mueller, Wulf Muller, Jeff Myers, Jon Newcott, Arturo O’Farrill, Liz Penta, Nick Phillips, Lou Plaia, Ross Porter, Al Pryor, Tom Reney, Michael Ricci, Matt Robertson, Mark Ruffin, Scott Southard, Ed Trefzger, Joe Vella, Melissa Walker, Emily White, Matt Wilson, Lisa Yancey, Francois Zalacain and others.

The schedule reflects the input from and collaboration with numerous organizations such as JazzWeek (radio programmers), Jazz Education Network, The Checkout/WBGO/NPR and SFMusicTech.com, each of whom host workshops and panels during the conference. “It was important for us to have as many stakeholders in the jazz community at the table as possible,” says Lee Mergner, publisher of JazzTimes and one of the organizers of the conference. “Our goal was to make this conference an inclusive gathering of the diverse elements that comprise the jazz world.”

In addition to incorporating the involvement of various organizations, the sessions also include a wide range of voices in and out of the jazz community. “Every day the music industry is re-invented in small and large ways,” says Peter Gordon, owner of Thirsty Ear Records/Co-founder Jazz Forward Coalition and also a conference organizer. “We are challenged to understand, decipher and implement this blizzard of information. Jazz Connect has made a great effort to bring in broad industry experts to guide jazz artists and professionals through the many choices and possibilities.”

The schedule also includes one open slot for a session topic suggested by the jazz community at large. Interested parties can submit their ideas for a panel or workshop via e-mail to [email protected]

The Jazz Connect conference is organized by a committee of industry professionals, including Marty Ashby, Sara Donnelly, Erika Floreska, Peter Gordon and Lee Mergner. The conference has received the support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters organization, which hosts the world’s leading forum for the performing arts every year in New York City.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can call 617-315-9154 or e-mail [email protected] To pre-register for the conference, go to the RSVP page for the event. You can also visit the Facebook event page for updates.

Attendees can get a special discount at the host hotels for the APAP|NYC conference, but must go through the APAP|NYC website.


JazzConnect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013

Presented by JazzTimes in conjunction with Jazz Forward Coalition

Thursday, January 10

9:00 am Workshops (3)

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Beyond

Social media experts discuss the basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels

Dick Huey (Toolshed) – moderator

Bruce Houghton (Hypebot)

Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity)

Rika Iino (Sozo Media)

Patrick Jarenwattanonon (NPR Music)

Lou Plaia (Reverbnation)

The New Jazz Mentoring Paradigm

With road bands becoming more the exception than the rule, today’s younger artists don’t have the same opportunities to apprentice with experienced bandleaders. This session, co-presented by the Jazz Education Network, looks at new ways and means of mentoring, on and off the bandstand.

Willard Jenkins (Open Sky) – moderator

Carl Allen (The Juilliard School)

Michael Carvin

Martin Mueller (New School)

Matt Wilson

Community Choice

One session topic to be determined by submissions from the community

10:30 am Workshops (3)

Produce Yourself!

Jazz producers and self-produced artists share their secrets for making a good record great.

Jeff Levenson (Half Note) – moderator

Brian Bacchus

Cecil Brooks III

Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records)

Nick Phillips (Concord Recods)

Francois Zalacain (Sunnyside Records)

Innovations in Technology: Are They Disruptive or Constructive?

Technology is increasingly setting the table for how we distribute, promote and experience music. This insider’s look into the cutting edge technology and trends will illuminate the current platforms of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.

Session curated by Brian Zisk (SFMusicTech.com)

Panelists TBD

The 21st Century Jazz Tour

What does a jazz tour look like these days and how best to make it happen? This session checks on latest touring realities and considers alternative ways to create and combine engagements in clubs, performing arts centers, and newer DIY spaces. A diverse panel of jazz professionals share their successes and challenges.

Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Management) – moderator

Tom Guralnick (Outpost Productions)

Allison Miller

Liz Penta (Emcee Artist Management)

12 noon Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition)

Stories of Innovation & Inspiration

Jazz is beyond notes on a page. As a musical genre it inspires, bonds communities, creates a multi-generational language, while providing the world with a little swing in its step. This opening plenary will look at personal stories on how the music has become a catalyst for bringing fresh ideas to the community.

Keynote presentation TBD


Jeff Myers (This is Red)

Arturo O’Farrill (Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance)

Melissa Walker (Jazz House Kids)

Other presenters TBD

1:30 pm Plenary Panel

Race in Jazz: Starting a Different Conversation, Working Toward Action

A frank discussion of how and why race remains an issue in and out of the jazz community along with ideas of actions we can take to address the issues.

Erika Floreska (LeoCanto/Tectonic Theater Project) and Lisa Yancey (Yancey Consulting) – co-moderators

Panelists TBD

Friday, January 11

9:00 am Workshops (3)

How to Make Your Website Awesome! (DIY)

How could your website be better? Experts in web development talk about new ideas, strategies and structures.

Giovanni Russonello (CapitalBop/JazzTimes) – moderator

Ben Azzara

David Dufresne (Bandzoogle)

Lois Gilbert (JazzCorner)

Matt Jorgensen (Origin Records)

Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment)

The Truth About Jazz Radio (JazzWeek Session 1)

Radio programmers and promoters discuss the value of promoting a release on the radio-including internet radio-and what’s involved in making the effort worthwhile, and also when it’s not worth doing.

Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek) – moderator

Nancy Barell (Jazz Spotlight on Sinatra)

Ross Porter (JAZZ.FM91)

Neil Sapper (New World ‘n’ Jazz)

Other panelists TBD

Cutting through the Clutter: An Interactive Session

A panel of experts from various professional sectors (e.g. magazine, web, record company, radio, etc.) will analyze 4 to 5 projects to see if they are ready for prime time and suggest ways to make them better. We will actively engage jazz community to solicit projects to be evaluated.

Al Pryor (Mack Avenue) – moderator

Jana Herzen (Motema Music)

Other panelists TBD

10:30 am Workshops (3)

Youtube, Vimeo & You (DIY)

Exploring what can be done with video and film on a shoestring budget.

John Newcott (WBGO) – moderator

Jimmy Katz

John Moultrie (iRockJazz)

Matt Robertson (Relative Way Productions)

Joe Vella (Jazz Online)

Jukebox Jury (JazzWeek Session 2)

Panel of radio programmers will play cuts and talk about how they would (or wouldn’t) include the music in their station’s programming.

Derrick Lucas (WGMC) – moderator

Tom Reney (WFCR/New England Public Radio)

Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM)

Other panelists TBD

The Checkout Live

In this on-location taping of the WBGO radio show The Checkout, Josh Jackson interviews two innovators in the jazz community.

Josh Jackson (The Checkout/WBGO) – moderator

Panelists TBD

12:00 noon Plenary Panel
Jazz as a Global Music Phenomenon

Leaders and innovators in the international jazz market talk about successful initiatives, models and practices for the advancement of jazz as a global genre.

Scott Southard (International Music Network) – moderator

Gary P. Steuer (Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia)

Wulf Muller (All In Music Service)

Other panelists TBD

1:30 pm Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition)
Everyone has a Voice

Given the mounds of information, ideas and advice presented at Jazz Connect, what do we do with these divergent words and thoughts? This town hall style meeting will hone in on a few ideas, to enable us to move forward and transpose them into action.

Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition) – moderator

Panelists TBD

7:00 pm

Winter JazzFest at multiple venues in the Village