The Jazz Connect Conference Kicks Off on January 8-9 in NYC

Presented by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, the Jazz Connect Conference will take place on January 8-9, 2015 at Saint Peter's Church in New York City. The conference brings together hundreds of members of the jazz community from all over the globe in a series of panels, workshops and events. With a theme of "Strength Through Community, " Jazz Connect leads into both the APAP|NYC conference, which begins on that Friday, and Winter Jazzfest, which takes place on Friday and Saturday nights.

Highlights of the conference include:

Keynote address by Christian McBride, the bassist, bandleader and host of NPR's Jazz Night in America
Short "Stories of Inspiration" presentations by Somi, Francisco Mela and Michael Lazaroff of The Jazz Cruise
Presentation of the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award to SFJAZZ's Randall Kline
In Memoriam tribute led by Ike Sturm, director of music for Saint Peter's jazz ministry
Ask The Experts networking session done in speed-dating style
Panels on important and useful topics such as social media, DIY labels, radio airplay and promotion, building community relationships and others
A track of sessions hosted by JazzWeek, geared to radio programming and promotion
Informal mixer/reception hosted by NPR Music, celebrating the launch of Jazz Night in America.
Sessions on new trends in the music business hosted by the Future of Music Coalition and Music Business Association
Open forum on the role of jazz in social and political activism
Hands-on workshops hosted by the Jazz Journalists Association, JazzWeek and Chamber Music America
Moderators and panelists include a wide range of artists such as Ben Allison, Jason Moran, Kellylee Evans, Arturo O'Farrill, Willie Jones III, Greg Osby, Bob Belden, Rene Marie, Mimi Jones, Nir Felder and Marc Ribot
Among the organizations with speakers on the program are the NEA, Chamber Music America, Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Journalists Association, JazzWeek, Berks Jazz Fest, Pittsburgh Jazzlive, Jazz St. Louis, DC Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ, London Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz, OKeh/Sony, International Music Network, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and many more
Table-top displays from various jazz organizations

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