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Thursday, September 13th, 2018



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

Early Bird Registration deadline extended to September 20

New York, NY (September 13, 2018) – Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes announces the initial speakers and panels to be featured at the 2019 Jazz Congress which will take place January 7-8, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 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 on jazzcongress.org.

2019 Jazz Congress speakers include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sherrie Maricle, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider, and George Wein. Additional speakers will include representatives from Capacity Interactive, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, DL Media, Duke Presents, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Night in America, Jazz St. Louis, JazzWeek, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society / Walton Arts Center, NPR, OKeh/Sony Music, Tri-C Jazz Fest Cleveland, and WBGO.

Jazz Congress also announces the Advisory Board, members of which will provide valuable input from the jazz community on the programming and marketing of the conference. Jazz Congress Advisory Board members are Gene Dobbs Bradford, Jazz St Louis; Terri Lyne Carrington, musician, educator, and recipient of the 2018 Bruce Lundvall Award; Tim Jackson, Monterey Jazz Festival; Karen Kennedy, 24 Seven Artist Development; Don Lucoff, DL Media; Katie Simon, Jazz Night in America/WBGO; Denny Stilwell, Mack Avenue Records; and Rodney Whitaker, musician and educator.

The 2019 Jazz Congress will feature more than 30 panel discussions throughout the two-day conference. To date, the initial panels include: 

Institutions in Transition: Newport Jazz Festival
George Wein produced his first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 at age 28. Today, as part of the non-profit Newport Festivals Foundation, the jazz festival continues in stride alongside its folk counterpart, under the leadership of Jay Sweet and Artistic Director Christian McBride. George has said his motivation in his ninth decade of life is to see the festivals flourish beyond him. In this conversation, he’ll share the stage with Jay and Christian to discuss leadership transitions, succession planning, and how the brand he established 65 years ago not only endures, but flourishes. 

Strategic Partnership in Practice: Jazz Night in America
What does an effective strategic partnership look like? How is it created and what does it take to maintain it? What value does each individual partner see in such a relationship and what can the jazz community learn from this unique partnership between NPR Music, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center?

Jazz, Swing, Race and Culture
Considering swing as a rhythm or swing as a feeling or a verb, what are the social, cultural, and racial factors that affect individuals’ perception, acceptance or rejection of the concept? Player and thinkers ponder what swing means in 2019.

Jazz Between the Coasts
Presenters in secondary U.S. markets discuss the challenges and rewards of audience development and programming.

Women Big Band Leaders Roundtable: Presented by The National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Jazz Masters and other leading musicians discuss the challenges and opportunities of running, and composing for, large ensembles.

Jazz in Troubled Times
How does jazz speak to the tumult of today? Can a song change a mind? Is improvisation a political act? A frank discussion about what musicians can communicate in the face of social and political unrest, and how these times affect the course and context of our culture.

What’s that Sound? An Audio Recording Masterclass
You’ve decided to record your latest album yourself. What are the equipment, tools and skills that you need to make it work? Experienced recording engineers share their tricks of the trade.

Workshop: Making Engaging Videos
Thanks in part to social media and mobile technology, video has become one of the most important media platforms for artists at every level. This workshop explains how to cost-effectively make compelling videos that will move the needle.

Your Five Digital Priorities: A Marketing Masterclass
Having a presence digitally means more than just having a website. Molly Garber of digital marketing firm Capacity Interactive, which counts Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and XX as clients, shares five core priorities and how you can tackle them successfully, even with limited time and money. 

Jazz Education Online
The rapid pace of technological innovation along with widespread adoption of social media and smartphones have dramatically changed how and where learning happens today. How are jazz educators taking advantage of these shifts? What are the benefits and challenges of student-teacher relationships mediated by screens? Leaders in online jazz education share their experiences.

Jazz Industry 101
Whether you are just starting your career, or are a veteran looking to take a deeper dive, this session will talk you through the major facets of the industry, from labels to festivals, agents to radio promoters and more.

Registration Rates and Dates

Early Bird Registration rates are available now. Deadline extended to September 20, 2018
Two Day Pass: $125

Priority Registration: September 21 -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