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Jazz Congress 2019: Celebrating Randy Weston

With his September 1, 2018 passing, the jazz world lost a singular pianist-composer-bandleader and endless seeker of the African essence of music and spirituality. This panel discusses the unprecedented African Rhythms legacy of NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. Panelists include T.K. Blue, Gail Boyd, Jacques Muyal, and Min Xiao-Fen. Willard Jenkins (DC Jazz Festival) moderates. … Read More “Jazz Congress 2019: Celebrating Randy Weston”

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Jazz Congress 2019: Jazz in Troubled Times

A frank discussion among panelists Vijay Iyer, Rene Marie, and Arturo O’Farrill about what musicians can communicate in the face of social and political unrest, and how these times affect the course of and context for our culture. Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal) moderates.

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Jazz Congress 2019: Electric Miles Revisited

Members of Miles Davis’ ‘70s electric bands talk about the music of that often-overlooked period. Vince Wilburn, Jr. of the Miles Davis Estate introduces panelists Gary Bartz, Michael Henderson, Dave Liebman, Mtume, Wallace Roney and Lenny White. Mark Runffin (Sirius/XM) moderates. Register for the 2020 Jazz Congress

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Jazz Congress 2019: Lundvall Visionary Award & Art Blakey Centennial Celebration

The Jazz Congress presents the 2019 Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award to Darlene Chan, a tireless, behind the scenes advocate for so many artists and the music at large.  Also in this video, following the award presentation, members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers gather onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion following the presentation, hosted by Celine Peterson. … Read More “Jazz Congress 2019: Lundvall Visionary Award & Art Blakey Centennial Celebration”

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Jazz Congress: The State of Jazz Record Labels in 2019

The future of recorded jazz is up for discussion amid label relaunches, increased release schedules, aggressive new signings, and a seemingly increased investment from labels in jazz over the past year. Willie Jones III (WJ3 Records), Jana Herzen (Motéma Music), and Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue Records) are the panelists for this discussion at the 2019 … Read More “Jazz Congress: The State of Jazz Record Labels in 2019”

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Jazz Congress 2019: Strategic Partnership in Practice

Panelists Gabrielle Armand (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anya Grundmann (NPR), and Amy Niles (WBGO) discuss what effective strategic partnerships look like, how they are created, and how they are maintained. Specifically, the panel explores the unique partnership between NPR Music, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in this hour-long video from the 2019 Jazz Congress. … Read More “Jazz Congress 2019: Strategic Partnership in Practice”

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