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Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013 Schedule


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Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St.
New York, NY 10019


9:00 am Workshops

1. Full Stream Ahead: Music Streaming Rights & Issues

As music makes continues to make its bumpy transition to digital, new technologies are shaping how artists reach audiences. In the last decade, we've seen downloads make way for streaming, with more and more listeners accessing music as opposed to owning it. From YouTube to Spotify to Pandora, different legal and marketplace conventions determine how, when and how much rights-holders get paid. This discussion will explore the ins and outs of a rapidly developing marketplace for which the future isn't entirely written.

Casey Rae (Future of Music Coalition) – moderator. Panelists: Ben Allison; Alan Bergman; George Howard (Norton, LLC); David Oxenford

2. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Beyond (DIY)

Social media experts discuss the basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels

Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity) – moderator. Panelists: Melvin Gibbs; Rika Iino (Sozo Media); Patrick Jarenwattananon (NPR); Lou Plaia (Reverbnation)

3. The New Jazz Mentoring Paradigm

With road bands becoming more the exception than the rule, today’s younger artists don’t have the same opportunities to apprentice with experienced bandleaders. This session, co-presented by the Jazz Education Network, looks at new ways and means of mentoring, on and off the bandstand.

Willard Jenkins (Open Sky) – moderator. Panelists: Carl Allen (The Juilliard School); Michael Carvin; Martin Mueller (New School); Greg Osby (Inner Circle Music); Matt Wilson

10:30 am Workshops

1. Innovations in Technology: Are They Disruptive or Constructive?

Technology is increasingly setting the table for how we distribute, promote and experience music. This insider's look into the cutting edge technology and trends will illuminate the current platforms of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.

Brian Gruber (ShowGo.TV) – moderator; Curated by Brian Zisk (SFMusicTech.com). Panelists: Jean Cook (Future of Music Coalition); Douglas Purviance (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra); Michael Ricci (AllAboutJazz.com)

2. Produce Yourself! (DIY)

Jazz producers and self-produced artists share their secrets for making a good record great.

Jeff Levenson (Half Note) – moderator. Panelists: Brian Bacchus; Cecil Brooks III; Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records); Nick Phillips (Concord Records); Francois Zalacain (Sunnyside Records)

3. The 21st Century Jazz Tour

What does a jazz tour look like these days and how best to make it happen? This session checks on latest touring realities and considers alternative ways to create and combine engagements in clubs, performing arts centers, and newer DIY spaces. A diverse panel of jazz professionals share their successes and challenges.

Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Management) – moderator. Panelists: Tom Guralnick (Outpost Productions); Michael Kline (Michael Kline Artists/Exit O Jazz Festival); Allison Miller; Liz Penta (Emcee Artist Management)

12 noon Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition)

Keynote Address and Stories of Innovation & Inspiration

Jazz is beyond notes on a page. As a musical genre it inspires, bonds communities, creates a multi-generational language, while providing the world with a little swing in its step. This opening plenary will look at personal stories on how the music has become a catalyst for bringing fresh ideas to the community.

Keynote presentation by Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia and President of US Conference of Mayors

Presenters: Tom Carter (Thelonious Monk Institute); Jeff Myers (This is Red); Arturo O’Farrill (Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance); Gerald Veasley (Bass Boot Camp); Melissa Walker (Jazz House Kids)

1:30 pm Plenary Panel

1. Race in Jazz: Starting a Different Conversation, Working Toward Action

A frank discussion of how and why it has been so difficult to talk about the issue of race in and out of the jazz community along with ideas of actions we can take to better address the topic.

Erika Floreska (LeoCanto/Tectonic Theater Project) – moderator. Panelists: Orrin Evans; Randy Sandke; Matthew Shipp; Other panelists TBD

9:00 am Workshops

1. 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. We will actively engage jazz community to solicit projects to be evaluated.

Al Pryor (Mack Avenue) – moderator. Panelists: Jana Herzen (Motema Music); Ted Kurland (Ted Kurland Associates); Mary Ann Topper (The Jazz Tree)

2. How to Make Your Website Awesome! (DIY)

How could your website be better? Experts in web development talk about new ideas, strategies and structures.

Giovanni Russonello (CapitalBop/JazzTimes) - moderator. Panelists: Ben Azzara; David Dufresne (Bandzoogle); Lois Gilbert (JazzCorner); Matt Jorgensen (Origin Records); Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment)

3. The Truth About Jazz Radio (JazzWeek Session 1)

Radio programmers and promoters discuss the value of promoting a release on the radio—including internet radio—and what's involved in making the effort worthwhile, and also when it's not worth doing.

Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek) – moderator. Panelists: Nancy Barell (Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra); Brad Barker (JAZZ.FM91); John Bishop (Origin Records); Neal Sapper (New World 'n' Jazz)

10:30 am Workshops

1. Presenting Jazz Creatively

Jazz presenters discuss new and innovative ways to present jazz in a challenging economy and competitive market.

Sara Donnelly (BlueSurgeCreative) – moderator. Panelists: Daniel Atkinson (Athenaeum Jazz/UC San Diego Jazz Camp); Matt Garrison (Shapeshifter Lab); Brad Linde (Atlas Performing Arts Center); Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center)

2. Youtube, Vimeo & You (DIY)

Exploring what can be done with video and film on a shoestring budget.

John Newcott (WBGO) – moderator. Panelists: Jimmy Katz; John Moultrie (iRockJazz); Matt Robertson (Relative Way Productions); Joe Vella (Jazz Online)

3. Jukebox Jury (JazzWeek Session 2)

Panel of radio programmers will play cuts and talk about how they would (or wouldn’t) include the music in their station’s programming.

Derrick Lucas (WGMC) – moderator. Panelists: Tom Reney (WFCR/New England Public Radio); Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM); Brad Stone (KSJS FM)

12:00 noon Plenary Panel

Jazz as a Global Music Phenomenon

Leaders and innovators in the international jazz market talk about successful initiatives, models and practices for the advancement of jazz as a global genre.

Scott Southard (International Music Network) – moderator. Panelists: Linda May Han Oh; Wulf Muller (All In Music Service); Peter Schulze (Jazz Ahead); Gary P. Steuer (Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia); Other panelist TBD

1:30 pm Plenary Session (Hosted by Jazz Forward Coalition)

Everyone has a Voice

Given the mounds of information, concepts and advice presented at Jazz Connect, what do we do with these divergent words and thoughts? This town hall style meeting will present ideas large and small we can support as a community or individually. In addition to airing some nationally initiatives, we will be calling on members of the audience to present their ideas of the future to enable us to move forward and transpose them into action.

Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition) – moderator

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