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Jazz Connect Conference

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 14, 2016

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jazzconnectlogoThe Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, will be held January 5-6, 2017 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York. Now in its fifth year, the conference will continue to focus on vital issues affecting the jazz community, with a theme of “The Family of Jazz.” The event complements both the APAP conference and Winter Jazzfest. The 2016 conference was attended by over 800 industry professionals and artists and it featured a keynote address by Dee Dee Bridgewater, recently named a NEA Jazz Master. Pre-Registration for the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference is only $145.00 until December 15.

The keynote speaker for the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference is Grammy-winning composer/bandleader Maria Schneider, who has become a strong voice for music advocacy. In 2014 Schneider testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared on CNN, and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights and music piracy. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers,

Another Grammy-winner, bassist/bandleader/radio host/artistic director Christian McBride, will receive the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, created in 2014 in honor of the esteemed jazz record executive who was a champion and advocate for so many jazz artists over the last four decades. The annual award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and vision in expanding the audience for jazz and who has made a real difference for the artists, the music and the audience. Jazz impresario George Wein, who has known McBride since he first came on the NYC live music scene in 1989 and who named McBride artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival he founded, will introduce McBride during the keynote session. In addition, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Dorthaan Kirk will present short Solo Spots in the style of TEDTalks.

The conference offers a full lineup of panels and workshops on topics including: social media from the artist’s perspective; sonic branding; a fresh look at how music is bought, sold and consumed; innovative booking & touring strategies; streaming and downloading issues; direct-to-fan for income maximization; spotlight and showcase on jazz in Israel; community engagement for presenting jazz; and much more.

The always popular Ask the Experts session returns to offer registrants the opportunity to meet face-to-face with influential and experienced industry leaders for helpful professional counsel.

Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America is sponsoring a “wrap party” reception that will also include a performance by noted saxophonist Eli Degibri and his quartet.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail or go to the conference website.

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