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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017



First annual jazz conference to be held
at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, January 11 & 12, 2018


(October 25, 2017)  Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes have joined forces to co-produce the Jazz Congress, a new annual conference designed to bring together artists, media and industry leaders in the global jazz community to exchange ideas to nurture and grow the jazz community and the underlying business and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support the music. The 2018 Jazz Congress, featuring a series of panels, workshops, meetings and performances, will be held on January 11-12, 2018 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. The 2018 Jazz Congress schedule of events will be announced soon.

Registration dates and rates:

Early Bird: $125 today through November 15, 2017

Regular: $175 November 16, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Week-of: $200 January 4 - 12, 2018

Please visit jazzcongress.org for more information.  

“Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to host this much needed community initiative. We will stimulate an inclusive environment, explore new ways to expand audiences for our music, and learn from one another,” said Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. “With so much discordant non communication around the world and in our country, now is the perfect time for us to come together for serious discourse around and about our cultural, business and aesthetic objectives. Jazz has what our modern world needs. Let us all take pride in our collective advocacy of this great music by identifying, declaring and demonstrating our common ground.”  

JazzTimes has been organizing confabs for the jazz industry since 1979, when it first hosted the Radio Free Jazz Convention, later the JazzTimes Convention, which was held until 1998. Beginning in 2000, JazzTimes partnered with the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) to create the Industry Track as part of that organization’s annual conference.  After IAJE folded in 2009, the magazine created a DIY Crash Course at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in 2011.  Working with a consortium of organizations and individuals, the Jazz Connect Conference followed in 2012 and took place as a pre-conference at the APAP conference for the three years.  The conference moved as a stand-alone event to Saint Peter’s Church in 2015, where it was held for the next three years, presented with the Jazz Forward Coalition. 

“We are excited by the opportunity to create an event that will expand the involvement of both the U.S. and international jazz scene,” said Lee Mergner, Publisher of JazzTimes. “We remain committed to celebrating the diversity of the jazz community, with many organizations welcome to participate as strategic partners and sponsors.”


The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl. Please visit us at jazz.org; follow us on Twitter @jazzdotorg and Facebook; watch our free, global webcasts at new.livestream.com/jazz; and enjoy concerts, education programs, behind-the-scenes footage, programs and more at youtube.com/jazzatlincolncenter.


According to The All-Music Guide, JazzTimes is “arguably the number one jazz magazine in the world.”  JazzTimes, America’s Jazz Magazine, provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the jazz scene.  In addition to insightful profiles on jazz stars new and established, every issue contains dozens of reviews of the latest CDs, books, videos and performances.  Winner of many awards for journalism and graphic design, JazzTimes features lively writing, stunning photography and sophisticated design.  Often controversial, always entertaining, JazzTimes is a favorite of musicians and fans alike.  On the web at jazztimes.com


Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, United Airlines, Steinway & Sons and SiriusXM.

Press Inquiries:
Zooey Tidal Jones
Director, Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center