Audience Development: Casting a Wider Net
Nearly every jazz presenter wants to reach a broader demographic, but few have been successful. Some festival and concert presenters who have expanded the reach of their events discuss the keys to their success.
Moderator: John Cumming (London Jazz Festival)
Panelists: Nicholas Harris (Soul’d Out Music Productions), Cicely Mitchell (Art of Cool), Jay Sweet (Newport Festivals)
Building Partnerships in Secondary Markets
A discussion of how presenters can work together in their respective markets to create effective partnership and increase the audience and present for jazz.
Moderator: Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival)
Panelists: John Gilbreath (Earshot Jazz), Fritz Thom (Vienna Jazz Festival/IJFO), Shannon Wallace (JazzHubs)
Cultural Considerations in Presenting Jazz
An exploration of the manner in which presenters engage with communities and organizations
that are not traditionally part of the jazz audience.
Moderator: Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management)
Panelists: Sheila Evans (Allentown Symphony), Kaisha Johnson (Women of Color in the Arts), Michael Kline (Exit Zero Jazz Festival), Randy Vogel (Mesa Arts Center)
Digital Content is Digital Marketing
A hands-on look at how digital technology has reshaped the branding and promotion of artists – from social media to streaming and more.
Moderator: Jake Schonfeld (SKDKnickerbocker)
Panelists: Jake Cohen (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Blue Engine Records), Nate Smith
Gender and Jazz
With sexism, harassment and gender bias in the news, it’s time for the jazz community to face and reconcile its own performance and history in that area and come up with realistic solutions for the music and the business.
Moderator: Michele Mercer (NPR)
Panelists: Terri Lyne Carrington (Berklee College of Music), Ingrid Jensen, John Murph, Ellen Seeling (Montclair Big Band)
Jazz Academy Open Video Capture
Since launching in 2013, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy Video Library has published over 600 videos that have been viewed over 6.7 million times. While at Jazz Congress, step into our Jazz Academy studio and film your own “Two Minute Tip.” You’ll receive a copy of your final video and videos may be published on Jazz Congress and Jazz at Lincoln Center websites and social media channels.
Jazz in Film and TV Soundtracks
Musicians and composers talk about their creative (and commercial) process in the world of making music for films and television shows.
Moderator: Ashley Kahn
Panelists: Terence Blanchard, Mark Isham, Michael Wolff
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Open Soundcheck and Q&A
Open soundcheck for performance of Benny Goodman: King of Swing – musical direction by Victor Goines, featuring Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, Ken Peplowski, and Ted Nash on clarinet. Victor Goines will host a Q&A at conclusion of the soundcheck.
Jazz, Politics, and Activism: Tying the Theoretical to the Practical
Artists, industry professionals and social activists talk about how jazz can affect political awareness and action in the current political climate and culture.
Moderator: Karen Kennedy (24 Seven Artist Management)
Panelists: Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Goldberg, Wesley Watkins (Jazz and Democracy Project), Wayne Winborne (Rutgers University)
Jazz and Race: A Conversation
We’ve all heard commentators and pundits through the years claim that what the United States needs is “an honest conversation about race.” Racial identity and issues, including segregation, integration, and appropriation, pervade the history of jazz. As a metaphor for democracy, and given the music’s core values of swing, improvisation, and the blues, what is the role of jazz in this important discussion?
Moderator: Andre Guess (Guessworks)
Panelists: Ethan Iverson, Wynton Marsalis
Jazz Radio Programming Round Table - Presented by JazzWeek
Program directors and music directors discuss the various aspects of programming, including music selection, day parting, live studio performances, specialty shows and community involvement.
Moderator: Mark Rini (GROOV Marketing & Consulting)
Panelists: Derrick Lucas (WGMC); Ken Poston (KSDS); Kayonne Riley (KUCF); Steve Williams (WBGO)
Jazz Storytelling through Audio and Video – Presented by Jazz Night in America
The producers of NPR’s first ever multi-platform series, Jazz Night in America, explain how they tell compelling stories about jazz music through live concert recordings, documentary captures in the field, and host Christian McBride’s on-air personality.
Moderator: Seton Hawkins (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Panelists: Alex Ariff (WBGO/Jazz Night in America), Colin Marshall (NPR Music/Jazz Night in America), Katie Simon (WBGO/Jazz Night in America)
Jazz in Turkey
Key players from the Turkish jazz community explain how the music has grown its presence and impact.
Moderator: Wulf Muller (All-In-Music Service/OKeh Records)
Panelists: Pelin Opçin (Istanbul Jazz Festival), Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (New England Conservatory), Orhan Tekelioglu (Sakarya University)
Made possible with support from the Turkish Consulate General in New York
Jazz in Turkey Showcase Performance
Whatsnext? is a unique Jazz combo/orchestra which performs the Turkish-American composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s contemporary Jazz compositions that seek to create a sophisticated and cosmopolitan synthesis incorporating elements of Turkish, European, and American musical traditions.
Made possible with support from the Turkish Consulate General in New York
Jazz Vocalists and Repertoire
Singers share their insight on the fine art of developing repertoire—from balancing the GASB with contemporary material to doing covers vs. originals.
Moderator: Deborah Grace Winer
Panelists: Ann Hampton Callaway, Jazzmeia Horn, John Pizzarelli, Ted Rosenthal, Catherine Russell
Jukebox Jury – Presented by JazzWeek
Radio programmers listen to cuts from upcoming records and share their insight into their approach to playing jazz on their station or show.
Moderator: Brad Stone (soulandjazz.com) & J Hunter (WVCR)
Panelists: Arturo Gomez (KUVO), Eric Jackson (WGBH), Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM), Gary Vercelli (KXPR)
Welcome: Wynton Marsalis
Remarks: Adam Rose
Introduction: Mario Garcia Durham (APAP)
Keynote Presentation: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award introduction: Peter Gordon
Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award presented to Terri Lyne Carrington
In Memoriam presentation with music by Ike Sturm (Saint Peter’s Church)
Learning from Large Jazz Organizations
Leaders from a few of the major jazz organizations talk about what smaller organizations and even artists can learn from their programs and experiences.
Moderator: Debora Spar (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)
Panelists: Gene Dobbs Bradford (Jazz St. Louis), Randall Kline (SFJAZZ), Amy Niles (WBGO), Greg Scholl (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Legends of Piano Round Table
A lively conversation with a few masters of jazz piano.
Moderator: Ethan Iverson
Panelists: Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Harold Mabern
New Models for Jazz Education
How has jazz education evolved in the last decade and what does this evolution mean for jazz musicians and students?
Moderator: Todd Stoll (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Panelists: Dr. Scott Belck (University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music), Lonnie Davis (Jazz Arts Initiative), Stefon Harris (Manhattan School of Music), Matt Wilson
Presenting With Pops: Louis Armstrong as a Model for Teaching Artists
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Let Freedom Swing has transformed Jazz education in the school setting. These dynamic, interactive concerts connect American History to jazz in a profound and impactful manner, reaching tens of thousands of students in over 500 concerts annually in the U.S. and abroad. In this workshop, program architect Justin Poindexter and three Let Freedom Swing teaching artists will investigate the stagecraft and artistry of Louis Armstrong, and the lessons we can apply to 21st century teaching and learning.
Moderator: Justin Poindexter
Panelists: Linda Briceno, Riley Mulherkar, Endea Owens
Pro Tips and Techniques for Making Great Jazz Records
Hear pro tips and techniques for making great jazz records form a Grammy Award winning panel that will discuss the challenges (and successes) of planning, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering professional quality jazz record from the perspective of the artist, producer, engineer, and mastering engineer. Audio examples of their favorite projects will be presented. Q&A to follow.
Moderator: Todd Whitelock (Blue Engine Records)
Panelists: Ted Nash (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), Al Pryor (Mack Avenue), Mark Wilder (Battery Studios/Sony Music Entertainment)
The Artist Manager Relationship - Presented by The Council for Living Music and AFM, Local 802
How do I know if I need a manager? How do I seek a manager? What do managers do? And most important: How do I work with a manager to ensure that the relationship grows and is mutually beneficial?
Moderator: Todd Weeks (AFM, Local 802)
Panelists: Laura Hartmann (LVanHart Artist Productions), Karen Kennedy (24/7 Artist Management), Michelle Taylor (Passion Music Group)
The New Music Economy
How can labels and artists effectively monetize their recordings? Are physical sales down? Is streaming the future? Are there other opportunities?
Moderator: Aaron Bisman (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Blue Engine Records)
Panelists: Andy Hurwitz (Studio 1200 Management), Maria Schneider, Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue)
The Power of Crowdfunding
Funders and funding recipients discuss key critical success factors to effective crowdfunding campaigns for artists and organizations.
Moderator: Marc Randall (JazzTimes)
Panelists: Leigh Lust (Pledge Music), Jon Madof (Zion80/Chant Records), Maria Schneider
What Does New Orleans Mean Today?
The storied music culture of New Orleans has long defined the city's identity and represented essential jazz history. As New Orleans marks its tricentennial, how does this culture resonate in its quickly changing hometown and for the wider jazz community?
Moderator: Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal)
Panelists: Terence Blanchard, Evan Christopher, Sasha Masakowski
Why Performance Matters: Stagecraft Masterclass
Why is putting on a good show important? Your artistic skills and musical technique are vital to making it onto the stage and building your audiences, however, a successful artist also cultivates the emotional intelligence inherent in the skill of stagecraft. Bandleaders, vocalists, and their sidemen will offer advice, best practices, and guidance on building a setlist, developing banter, and considering the ever-shortening attention span of the modern audience.
Moderator: Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Panelists: Darlene Chan, Tedd Firth, Paquito D’Rivera, Marilyn Maye, Riley Mulherkar
Ask the Pros Mentoring & Networking Session
Members of the jazz community get the opportunity to meet face-to-face for 10 minutes with influential and experienced industry leaders representing these issue areas: Labels/Recording/Product Management, DIY/Self-Management/Fundraising, Marketing/Social Media, Publicity/Promotion, and Presenting/Booking/Touring
*subject to change