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We recommend this young Conference, a brainchild of JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition , incubated through APAP and now handily ready to thrive on its own.

Keynote speaker Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is a powerhouse of ideas.

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The Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2014, organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, announced the tentative schedule of events for one of the largest gatherings of the professional jazz community.  The conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.  Continuing the momentum from the January 2013 event which tripled to over 1,000 registrants, the Jazz Connect Conference  in 2014—based on feedback from attendees—will feature a series of essential workshops, panels and events held over the course of two days.  Pre-registration is only $100 until January 2, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations. Registration is free for APAP members, although they must pre-register.

With a theme of “The Road Ahead” the conference will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for 12 workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on topics such as: “Navigating Social Media”; “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz”; “The New Paradigm for Record Labels”; “Cutting Through the Clutter”; “Radio Airplay & Promotion 101”; “Jazz Grantmaking”; “Expanding the Language of Jazz”; “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers”; “Give to Get: Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content” and other timely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals.  The keynote speaker is Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. New this year will be an “Ask the Experts” networking session enabling emerging artists and professionals to connect and get informed input on their own careers and operations.The schedule reflects the input from and collaboration with numerous organizations such as JazzWeek (radio programmers), Jazz Education Network, All About Jazz and the Jazz Journalists Association, each of whom will host workshops or panels during the conference.  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.

The Jazz Connect conference is organized by Peter Gordon of the Jazz Forward Coalition and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, with assistance and input from over a dozen industry professionals.  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.  JazzTimes is the official publication for the event.

 For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com or visit http://www.jazz-connect.com.  To pre-register for the conference, go to the website. To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference edition of JazzTimes, contact Miene Smith at 617-706-9092 or msmith@madavor.com.

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

Speakers

Confirmed moderators and panelists

Gary Armstrong
Former CMO of Rolling Stone & Us Weekly, Gary has moderated social media panels for JEN, consulted for individual musicians as well as media brands such as Adweek, the Monk Competition and The Panama Jazz Festival. Gary is currently writing a transmedia novel in the magazine and celebrity world. Follow him on Twitter @vanityman. He is proud of his high Klout score.
Moderator – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Marty Ashby (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild)
Marty Ashby is a jazz guitarist, GRAMMY®-winning producer, programming consultant, motivational speaker and lifelong advocate of jazz music and its unique place in American culture.  He founded MCG Jazz, in Pittsburgh in 1987 and manages its presenting, education and recording programs to this day.  A professional musician since age eight, he continues to actively perform and record.
Moderator – “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Bogdan Benigar (Cankarjev dom/Ljubliana Jazz Festival)
Panelist – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management)
Moderator – “Cutting Through the Clutter”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am


Till Bronner
Panelist – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Monifa Brown (Shanachie/WBGO)
Panelist – “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am


Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Charitable Trust)
Keynote Presenter – “Opening Session”  Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Jim Cuomo (Entertainment One Distribution)
General Manager of eOne Distribution since 2010, Jim’s experience as both a musician and indie music distribution veteran, has fostered his continued advocacy on behalf of artists, labels and retailers in what he has always deemed an artistically based, relationship business. Signed to RCA in 1965 as a vocalist, with subsequent deals at MGM, United Artists, Passport/ABC Records and Arista, Jim is also a classically trained violinist and drummer/percussionist.  Years as lead singer and drummer for America’s first progressive rock band, Fireballet, coupled with his vast sales experience at JEM Records, Important Records, Sound Solutions U.S. and Passport Distribution, resulted in Jim, as President at RYKO Distribution for thirteen years, leading RYKO to win NARM’s coveted Distributor of the Year award an unprecedented six times in a ten year period. At eOne, Jim continues to promote business practices based on his love for music, and defense of a truly independent spirit across all genres.
Moderator – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records)
Panelist – “Blue Note at 75” Friday, January 10, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Mehmet Dede (DROM)
Over the past 15 years, Mehmet Dede established himself as an art presenter, festival curator and tour producer. He is talent buyer for New York venue DROM and runs his boutique events company Electric Lila curating live experiences. Dede is also Adjunct Professor at the Clive Davis Institute at NYU.
Panelist – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Matt Donaruma
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

James Donio (Music Business Association)
Jim Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org). Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business.
Panelist  – “Jazz in the Future Tense”  Friday
, January 10, 12 noon – 1:30 pm


Sara Donnelly (BlueSurgeCreative)
Sara Donnelly is a Washington, DC-based consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with artists and organizations in the not-for-profit arts sector.  BlueSurgeCreative is her recent venture providing customized project management services primarily to jazz organizations and individual artists. She is a co-producer of Transparent Presents, a bi-monthly concert series at Bohemian Caverns, and is a founding Board member of CapitalBop, Inc. in Washington, DC.  Since the mid 80s, Donnelly has shaped policy and grantmaking for the national jazz funding arena via the National Endowment for the Arts, National Jazz Service Organization, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Moderator – “Jazz Grantmaking”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am


Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music)
Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

David Dufresne (Bandzoogle)
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Jeff Duperon (WRTI)
Jeff Duperon is the currently weekend jazz host on WRTI, Philadelphia. He has produced and directed on-air content for WWOZ at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; served as MC for several regional jazz festivals; contributed as a panelist for JazzWeek, Jazz Improv and as Guest Lecturer, Temple University Jazz Studies Department.
Panelist – “Radio & The Road”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Amir ElSaffar
Amir ElSaffar is a trumpeter, vocalist, santur player, and composer working in jazz and traditional Middle Eastern music. ElSaffar leads three groups: Safaafir, performing the traditional Iraqi maqam tradition, the Two Rivers Ensemble, which combines traditions, and a jazz Quintet, all of which have released recordings to considerable acclaim. He also curates a music series at Alwan, a hub for Middle Eastern Culture in Manhattan. ElSaffar has received numerous grants and commissions, and is a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artists Awards.
Panelist – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Rob Evanoff (1888 Media)
A 20-year veteran, Mr Evanoff has worked for WEA and Universal Distribution, Zebra Records (as Publicity Manager for Brian Bromberg, Jeff Lorber, Joe Zawinul, Bill Evans, Billy Cobham), Image Consultants (The Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Concord Records, Peak Records), and Vanguard Records (as Director of New Media). In 2008, Rob formed 1888 Media, a digital marketing/PR agency. Clients include Shanachie Entertainment, Rhino Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music and Mesa/Bluemoon.
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Matt Fleeger (KMHD)
Matt Fleeger is the Program Director for Portland, Oregon’s jazz radio station, KMHD.  He’s the host of ‘New Jazz for Lunch’ – KMHD’s daily new release program.  In addition to his work at KMHD, he contributes regularly for NPRmusic’s “A Blog Supreme” and serves as music supervisor for Stereo Skateboard’s ‘Stereophonic Sound’ series on the Ride channel.
Panelist – “Radio & The Road”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am


Melvin Gibbs
Panelist – “Navigating Social Media” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Rob Gibson (Savannah Music Festival)
Rob Gibson is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival, one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. He was the founding Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and has produced events for The White House and the Museum of Modern Art.
Panelist – “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

John Gilbreath (Earshot Jazz)
Panelist – “Radio & The Road”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Robert Glasper

Panelist – “Blue Note at 75” Friday, January 10, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

 

Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition)
Moderator – “Jazz Thinkubator”  Friday, January 10, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

 

Darrell Grant
Panelist – “Jazz Grantmaking”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Bryan Grone (Spotify)
Bryan graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in music business, and after 5 years working in various positions across the Warner Music Group in LA, he joined the Spotify team in NYC. Bryan now oversees the day-to-day relationship between Spotify and various major and indie record labels.
Panelist – “Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights” Thursday, January 9, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Evan Haga (JazzTimes)
Evan Haga is the editor of JazzTimes Magazine, and has been a regular contributor to NPR Music, Living Blues and the Baltimore Sun. His 2011 JazzTimes article “Night & Day,” on the surprisingly symbiotic relationship between jazz and heavy metal, earned him an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He lives in Brooklyn.
Panelist – “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers” Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

J. Michael Harrison (WRTI)
Panelist – “Getting to the Gatekeepers in the Jazz Media” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Tina Heine (ELBJAZZ)
Panelist – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Cat Henry (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Panelist – “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Jana Herzen (Motema Music)
Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Dick Huey (Toolshed)
Toolshed, founded in 2001 in NYC, is a digital consultancy that advises major consumer brands, media, tech, and entertainment companies, in the areas of digital strategy, social media marketing, and music rights acquisition and usage. Toolshed clients include the Beggars Group, Merge Records, Spotify, and Red Bull. Toolshed has orchestrated over 350 digital PR and social media growth campaigns for artists such as The Civil Wars, MNDR, Ani DiFranco, Sufjan Stevens, The Arcade Fire, and Aimee Mann. He is a founding new media committee member of A2IM, a past board member representing Matador Records at Soundexchange, and an advisory board member at CASH Music, Tunecore, and RoyaltyShare.
Moderator – “Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights” Thursday, January 9, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity)
Moderator – “Navigating Social Media” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Josh Jackson (WBGO)
Josh Jackson started his career at WWOZ in New Orleans. He moved to New York to make radio for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Josh has worked for WBGO twelve years and was recently promoted to VP-Content. He created The Checkout and much more.  He loves music, media and audience.
Panelist – “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival)
Panelist – “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Willard Jenkins (Open Sky Jazz)
Moderator – “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Ashley Kahn
Moderator
 – “Blue Note at 75” Friday, January 10, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

 

Karen Kennedy (24/7 Management)
Panelist – “Radio & The Road”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Matthias Kirsch (JazzRadio Berlin)
Panelist – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Josh Kohn (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation)
Josh Kohn is currently Program Officer, Jazz & Traditional Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”). There he manages a diverse portfolio of programs including the French-American Jazz Exchange, the Jazz Touring Network and the Folk Arts Outreach Project. He has consulted on community-based projects, developed school outreach programs, wrote arts travel guides, produced programs for public radio, facilitated international cultural exchange programs and has been a panelist for numerous cultural organizations.  Kohn is a former Fellow with the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Panelist – “Jazz Grantmaking” Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Jana La Sorte (Ambassadora)
Moderator – “Ask The Experts” Thursday, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Alison Loerke (Alia Productions)
Moderator – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Derrick Lucas (WGMC 90.1 FM)
Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Derrick Lucas has been preaching the jazz message around the globe for 25 years.  Feeding an addiction that started in Nursery School, Lucas is passionate about promoting and supporting artists, anywhere in the world, who take jazz further.
Moderator – “Radio & The Road”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Shaunna Machosky (Jazzzdog Promotions)
Panelist – “Radio Promotion & Airplay 101, Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association)
Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, is an award-winning writer, editor, blogger, NPR arts reporter, adjunct professor at New York University and author of Future Jazz and Miles Ornette Cecil – Jazz Beyond Jazz. He moderates the JJA’s free monthly webinars, Talking Jazz; for info see JJANews.org.
Moderator – “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers” Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Catherine Mayer (Just Jazz International)
Panelist – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Danny Mekonnen
Jazz saxophonist Danny Mekonnen is the leader of Debo Band, an Ethiopian pop group whose 2012 debut was named one of NPR’s Top 50 Records of the Year. He has an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University and has published articles in the Yearbook for Traditional Music and Callaloo. He lives with his family in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Panelist – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Entertainment)
Danny Melnick has produced tours, festivals and concerts for almost 25 years, and as the owner of Absolutely Live Entertainment since 2007. He is the producing partner of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Associate Producer of the Newport Jazz Festival and serves as the Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall’s “The Shape of Jazz,” series.
Panelist – “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am


Matt Merewitz (Fully Altered Media)
Panelist – “Navigating Social Media” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Tony Miceli
Vibraphonist Tony Miceli is an outstanding musician, performer, composer and teacher who performs presently as a leader and sideman in countless jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the US and abroad. Mr. Miceli has performed with jazz greats David Friedman, Joe Magnarelli, Dave Liebman, Elio Villafranco and many other notable musicians. He has played in festivals and clubs including the Degu Jazz Festival( Korea), Berks Jazz Festival and the Kimmel Center (Pennsylvania), The Jazz Standard, The Zinc Bar, The 55 Bar (NYC), The Wexford Art Center ( Ireland), and  The Mallet Institute (Dusseldorf Germany). Tony’s workshop appearances include The Curtis Institute of Music, The Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, Millersville University, and the University of Delaware, among others. Tony is the founder and artistic director of www.vibesworkshop.com and is on the faculties of the University of the Arts and Temple University.
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Jerald Miller (Nu Jazz Entertainment)
Jerald Miller has been at the forefront of the jazz industry for almost 15 years, and for the last 7 years at the helm of Nu Jazz Entertainment, the leading digital jazz label in the industry. He has been a featured speaker representing the Jazz, Classical, and World music contingent at the largest Music Business conferences including MIDEM in Cannes, France; The Digital Music Forum; Billboard; APAP; and countless others over the years.
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Jason Moran
Panelist  – “Jazz in the Future Tense”  Friday, January 10, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Panelist – “Blue Note at 75” Friday, January 10, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Wulf Muller (Sony/Okeh)
Moderator – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Greg Osby (Inner Circle Music)
Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Wendy Oxenhorn (Jazz Foundation of America)
Presenter – “Opening Session”  Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Patricia Parker (Arts for Arts)

Presenter – “Opening Session”  Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Jon Poses (National Pastime Productions)
A native of Queens, Jon W. Poses graduated Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications in 1975 and a master’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri in 1980. As a free-lance writer in the early-to-mid-1980s, Poses covered jazz and major league baseball extensively – what he refers to as America’s TWO national pastimes. His work appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Inside Sports, Spin, Audio, Christian Science Monitor and other publications; he has written more than 100 sets of liner notes.   In 1985 he produced his first concert – a solo performance by the late James Williams. A year later he founded National Pastimes Productions, a boutique agency that produced a series of hand-picked tours. From 1986-1995, he booked several 15-plus city tours, working with such artists/groups as Bobby Watson & Horizon, Joanne Brackeen, David Murray Octet, The Leaders, Kenny Barron, among others. In 1995 he founded the “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series, becoming the non-profit project’s executive director, a position he holds today as the concert producing and educational organization readies for its 20th season. He is a music columnist for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, a position he has held for 17 years.
Panelist – “Cutting Through the Clutter”  Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Andrew Read
Panelist – “Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Vernon Reid
Panelist  – “Jazz in the Future Tense”  Friday, January 10, 12 noon – 1:30 pm

Marc Ribot
Panelist – “Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights” Thursday, January 9, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Marcus Roberts
Panelist – “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am


Seth Rosner (Pi Recordings)

Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM Jazz)
Panelist – “Radio Promotion & Airplay 101, Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Neal Sapper (New World’n’Jazz)

Panelist – “Radio Promotion & Airplay 101, Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Peter Schulze (JazzAhead)
From 1970 – 1998 jazz editor at Radio Bremen/Germany. Produced more than 1600 radio concerts, many of which are out on records, among them Keith Jarrett, Soft Machine, Peter Brötzmann, Philip Catherine, Iain Ballamy. From 1998 – 2001 head of music department of Radio Bremen and artistic director of pro musica antiqua, a biannual radio festival of ancient music. 1975 co-founder of Archive of Popular Music, a publicly accessible archive that holds around 100.000 records and a lot of literature on popular music. Co-author of a radio series of 150 features on „history of popular music“ many of which came out on Bear Family Records in 1998 as a 52 CD-Box with 320 pages booklet. 2003 to 2007 artistic director of the Berlin JazzFest. From 2005 artistic consultant of jazzahead!. Since 2011 one of its two artistic directors. 2005 until 2010 member of the board of directors of EuropeJazzNetwork. Since 2002 chairman of the association “Friends of the Sendesaal”  and since 2009 artistic director of sendesaal bremen.
Panelist – “Spotlight on Germany”  Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Hank Shteamer (TimeOut New York)
Panelist – “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers” Friday, January 10, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Meghan Stabile (Revive Music Group)
Presenter – “Opening Session”  Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue Records)

Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition)
Panelist  – “Jazz in the Future Tense”  Friday, January 10, 12 noon – 1:30 pm

Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek)
Ed Trefzger is publisher of JazzWeek, the national jazz radio airplay chart since 2001. Ed has been a broadcaster and jazz radio host and has moderated panels at IAJE, Jazz Connect and at JazzWeek Summits. Ed is general manager of a four-radio-station cluster in the Rochester, N.Y., market.
Moderator – “Radio Promotion & Airplay 101, Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 
Mark Valentine (WDNA FM)
Panelist – “Radio Promotion & Airplay 101, Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Katja von Schuttenbach (National Endowment for the Arts)
Panelist – “Jazz Grantmaking” Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Jeanette Vuocolo (Chamber Music America)
As jazz program director at Chamber Music America, Jeanette Vuocolo administrates the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, a portfolio of national grant opportunities for the small ensemble field. Jeanette has also developed innovative projects for art spaces, museums, universities and festivals with such artists as Leroy Jenkins, Diedre Murray and Lawrence “Butch” Morris.
Panelist – “Jazz Grantmaking” Friday, January 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Marnie Wandner (Sneak Attack Media)
Panelist – “Navigating Social Media” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am


Oliver Weindling (Babel Records)

Panelist – “The New Paradigm for Record Labels” Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

 

Spike Wilner (SmallsLIVE)
Michael “Spike” Wilner, was born in the city of Manhattan, New York.  Spike was inspired to play ragtime piano at a young age.   Spike performed with and has led many bands in New York City at many famous, now closed, jazz clubs including The Village Gate, The Angry Squire, Visiones, Augies, The West End Gate and The Village Corner.  In 1994, Spike began to work a regular gig at Smalls Jazz Club. This became his permanent musical home and led to his current position as partner and manager of the club.  Spike’s company SmallsLIVE LLC is a digital media company with the purpose of distributing live recorded music from Smalls Jazz Club.  SmallsLIVE currently has a catalog of 40 HD titles, broadcasts live shows every night on the internet via www.smallslive.com.  SmallsLIVE has also documented every show at Smalls Jazz Club since September of 2007. The audio/video archive now has more than 7000 recordings and represents from than 550 prominent jazz artists.
Panelist – “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz”  Thursday, January 9, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh JazzLive)
Panelist – “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz” Thursday, January 9, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Isabel Yrigoyen (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
Isabel Yrigoyen is the Associate Director of Performing Arts and Music Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). She founded the New Frequencies Fest in 2009, an annual festival presenting genre-bending musical artists who defy categorization. Her festival focuses on women composers, as well as on global, jazz and non-Western international improvisers. Ms. Yrigoyen also curates site specific musical projects that are in conversation with the multi-disciplinary programs presented at YBCA. Her organization was recently awarded a two-year grant from the Doris Duke Foundation to fund an artist residency with Myra Melford. Ms. Yrigoyen is working closely with Myra Melford to implement Jazz@YBCA, a series of pilots, testing innovative ways to strengthen the Bay Area jazz ecology and attract new audiences to the art form.
Panelist – “Expanding the Language of Jazz” Friday, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

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Schedule & Information

Thursday, January 99:30 – 10:30 am  Breakouts

1)     Navigating Social Media
Social media experts discuss the basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Vine and whatever’s next.
Moderator: Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity)
Panelists: Melvin Gibbs; Matt Merewitz (Fully Altered Media); Marnie Wandner (Sneak Attack Media); Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle)2)     The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz (Presented by JEN)
Jazz education is becoming an increasingly important focus for jazz presenters and organizations.  In this session, presented by the Jazz Education Network, presenters discuss how education and outreach figures into their programming and mission.
Moderator:  Willard Jenkins (Open Sky Jazz)
Panelists: Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Jazz Live); Rob Gibson (Savannah Music Festival); Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival); Marcus Roberts

3)     Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers  (Presented by Jazz Journalists Association)
This session explains how jazz and music journalists decide who and what to cover.  This panel also examines the current state of the jazz media and attempts to sort and evaluate the various publications, sites and bloggers.
Moderator: Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association)
Panelists: Monifa Brown (Shanachie/WBGO); Evan Haga (JazzTimes); J. Michael Harrison (WRTI); Hank Shteamer (TimeOut New York)10:45 – 11:45 am  Breakouts

1)     The New Paradigm for Record Labels
Labels of all different sizes and types get together to explain how they manage to stay afloat or even thrive in a very different landscape for recording, distribution and sales.  And they share tips for self-produced artists.
Moderator: Jim Cuomo (Entertainment One Distribution)
Panelists: 
Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music); Jana Herzen (Motema Music); Greg Osby (Inner Circle Music); Seth Rosner (Pi Recordings); Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue Records); Oliver Weindling (Babel Records)

2)     Give to Get: Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content (Presented by All About Jazz)
In a post-scarcity music landscape where audiences have instant access to the greatest recordings of both today and yesterday, how will you convince them to pay attention to your music and become loyal fans and advocates? This panel will discuss ways in which artists, managers, and labels should think about creating and distributing online content in today’s media-soaked world.
Moderator: Gary Armstrong
Panelists: Matt Donaruma; David Dufresne (Bandzoogle); Rob Evanoff; Tony Micelii; Jerald Miller (NuJazz Entertainment); Andrew Read


3)     New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz
A panel of jazz presenters discusses alternative approaches and revenue streams including webcasting, streaming, touring programs, recordings and other new opportunities.
Moderator: Marty Ashby (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild)
Panelists: Cat Henry (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Josh Jackson (WBGO); Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Entertainment); Spike Wilner (Smalls Jazz)

12:15 -1:45 pm  Keynote Address & Inspirational Solo Spots
Keynote Speaker: Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation)
Soloists:  Wendy Oxenhorn (Jazz Foundation of America); Eddie Palmieri; Patricia Parker (Arts for Art); Meghan Stabile (Revive Music Group); Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/Pittsburgh JazzLive International Jazz Festival)


2:00 – 3:30 pm  Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights
Representatives from some of the major digital platforms discuss the heated issues around these new outlets for music performance, distribution and airplay.
Moderator: Dick Huey (Toolshed)
Panelists: Brian Grone (Spotify); others TBA


3:45 – 5:15 pm  Ask the Experts Networking Session
Members of the jazz community get an opportunity to meet face-to-face with influential and experienced industry leaders. Conducted speed-dating style, this session enables jazz artists and professionals to share ideas and resources and also get informed feedback on their own work.  Created and coordinated by Jana LaSorte of Ambassadora.
10 am – 4 pm

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Friday, January 10  9:30 -10:30 am Breakouts

1)     Jazz Grantmaking
Foundation and arts agency experts explain what jazz funders and grants programs currently emphasize, and how your application for funding can be most competitive.
Moderator: Sara Donnelly (BlueSurge Creative)
Panelists: Rachel Ford (Doris Duke Performing Artists Award); Darrell Grant; Josh Kohn (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation); Katja von Schuttenbach (National Endowment of the Arts); Jeanette Vuocolo (Chamber Music America)

2)     Radio Promotion & Airplay 101 (Session 1 Presented by JazzWeek)
Radio programmers and promotion people share secrets to getting your music played on jazz radio stations and shows.
Moderator: Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek)
Panelists: Shaunna Machosky (Jazzzdog Promotions); Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM); Neal Sapper (New World’n’Jazz); Michael Valentine (WDNA)3)     Spotlight on Germany
A panel consisting of presenters, booking agents, media and other professionals from Germany discuss the unique aspects of the jazz industry and community in that country.
Moderator: Wulf Muller (Okeh/Sony)
Panelists: Till Bronner; Tina Heine (ELBJAZZ); Matthias Kirsch (JazzRadio Berlin); Catherine Mayer (Just Jazz International); Peter Schulze (JazzAhead) 10:45 – 11:45 am  Breakouts1)     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. Members of the jazz community are encouraged to solicit materials.
Moderator: Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management)
Panelists: Michael Kline (Exit O International Jazz Festival); Jana La Sorte (Ambassadora); Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Jon Poses (National Pastimes Productions)2)    Radio & the Road (Session 2 Presented by JazzWeek)
A discussion of how radio airplay and appearances can impact performance opportunities for jazz artists.
Moderator: Derrick Lucas (WGMC 90.1 FM)
Panelists: Jeff Duperon (WRTI); Matt Fleeger (KMHD Jazz Radio); John Gilbreath (Earshot Jazz); Karen Kennedy (24/7 Management)
3)     Expanding the Language of Jazz
Thanks in part to the internet, musicians are incorporating a plethora of sounds from all corners of the globe, resulting in more and more crossover between jazz and world music. This session takes a look at genre-defying artists and professionals who are forging new paths of communication between cultures.
Moderator: Alison Loerke (Alia Productions)
Panelists: 
Bogdan Benigar (Cankarjev dom/Ljubliana Jazz Festival); Mehmet Dede (DROM); Amir ElSaffar; Danny Mekonnen; Isabel Yrigoyen (Yerna Buena Center for the Arts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm  Jazz in the Future Sense: A Look into the Fractured Crystal Ball
Given all the new forces that are shaping the way jazz is presented, consumed and valued, what does our future really look like? Is technology friend or foe? What are the new business models for the music and for the artists?  An esteemed group of veteran music industry leaders will attempt to answer these questions and many more, as well as assess future trends for the genre.
Moderator: Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition)
Panelists: James Donio (Music Business Association); Jason Moran; Vernon Reid; Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition)
1:45 – 3:15 pm  Special Event: Blue Note at 75
Tribute panel to Bruce Lundvall and the legacy of Blue Note, featuring a panel of noted artists and producers
Moderator: Ashley Kahn
Panelists: Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records); Robert Glasper; Jason Moran

 

10 am – 4 pm

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