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Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

2019 Jazz Congress: 42 Speakers and 30 Panels Announced

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City
January 7
8, 2019

Deadline for discounted registration rates: Wednesday, October 31
Registration rates increase on Thursday, November 1

New York, NY (October 30, 2018) – Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes announces 42 speakers and 30 panels will be featured at the 2019 Jazz Congress conference on January 7─8, 2019. Jazz Congress will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

The two-day conference brings together members of the global jazz community to network, learn, and grow the audience for the music. The annual gathering also seeks to nurture businesses and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support jazz. More information, registration details, and videos of sessions from the first annual Jazz Congress can be found at jazzcongress.org.

In addition to what is already a strong line up of participants, the following will be featured on conference panels: Camille Bertault, Larry Blumenfeld, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bryan Carter, Darlene Chan, Gene Dobbs Bradford, Ken Drucker, Andre Guess, Vijay Iyer, Tim Jackson, Georgina Javor, Williard Jenkins, Matt Jurasek, Karen Kennedy, Jennifer Leitham, Cookie Marenco, René Marie, Myra Melford, Riley Mulherker, Wulf Muller,  Amy Niles, Ted Nash, Arturo O'Farrill, Jason Olaine, Nicholas Payton, Terri Pontremoli, Kenny Rampton, Chloe Rowland, Lilly Schwartz, Nate Smith, Meghan Stabile,  Denny Stilwell, Alexa Tarrantino, Robin Tomchin, Rodney Whitaker, and Todd Whitelock.

The speakers join panelists previously announced which include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sherrie Maricle, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider, and George Wein.

2019 Jazz Congress session highlights include:

  • Jazz, Swing, Race and Culture
  • Making Space for Transgender Voices in Jazz
  • Celebrating Randy Weston
  • Case Studies: Entrepreneurship in Jazz
  • Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts: A We Have Voice Collective Roundtable Discussion
  • The $1,000 Marketing Plan Challenge
  • Will This Press Kit Get Me Booked?
  • Case Studies: Record Marketing
  • Institutions in Transition: Newport Jazz Festival
  • Strategic Partnership in Practice: Jazz Night in America
  • Women Big Band Leaders Roundtable: Presented by The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Jazz in Troubled Times
  • Copyright and Licensing: Rules of the Road
  • Management Roundtable
  • What’s Next: An early career toolkit

Additional panels include: 

  • Jazz Between the Coasts
  • What’s that Sound? An Audio Recording Masterclass
  • Making Engaging Videos
  • Your Five Digital Priorities: A Marketing Masterclass
  • The Importance of Artist Credits in the Digital Age
  • Boricua Jazz: Lost in Translation
  • Jazz Down Under: Spotlight on Australia
  • Ask the Experts
  • Presenting Jazz on the West Coast
  • Growing Your Fanbase Through Social
  • JukeBox Jury Presented by JazzWeek
  • Louis Armstrong: A Music and Civil Rights Pioneer
  • Jazz Education Online
  • Jazz Industry 101
  • Musical Inspiration is Everywhere

Registration Rates and Dates
Priority Registration: Today ─October 31, 2018     
Two Day Pass: $175
Single Day Pass: $125

Regular Registration: November 1 ─ December 31, 2018                         
Two Day Pass: $200
Single Day Pass: $150

Week-of Registration: January 1─8, 2019              
Two Day Pass: $250 
Single Day Pass: $200

Student Tickets:
50% discount at any time. Must show valid student ID at registration.

Special accommodation rates, from $100 and up, for 2019 Jazz Congress attendees, are available at the Hudson Hotel New York, located at 358 W. 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. The special rates are applicable for January 3─10, 2019 and must be booked by December 15, 2018.

Reservations can be made by calling (702) 577-2830 or toll-free (800) 606-6090. Attendees should request Hudson Hotel New York reservations for the group name “Jazz Congress.” The group code is JA0319.  

To make a reservation online, go to https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/special/jazz-congress.

The inaugural Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, was held in 2018 and drew more than 550 registrants from around the world. More than 150 performers, panelists and speakers participated in performances, workshops and 30 panel discussions on topics including Jazz and Race, Gender and Jazz,  Leaning from Large Jazz Organizations, Why Performance Matters: Stagecraft Masterclass, Jazz in Film and TV Soundtracks and more. The 2018 keynote address was delivered by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and The Bruce Lundvall Award was presented to Terri Lyne Carrington.

2019 Jazz Congress is Sponsored by Adam R. Rose.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene Charitable Foundation,
The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons,
and United Airlines.


For press inquiries, please contact:
Zooey Tidal Jones
Director, Public Relations and External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center