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Monday, December 18th, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to deliver keynote address at first annual Jazz Congress, Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:15pm in The Appel Room

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

New York, NY (December 18, 2017) - Jazz Congress, a new annual conference designed to bring together artists, media and industry leaders in the global jazz community, today announced NBA all-time leading scorer, New York Times-bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the keynote speaker for its first annual Jazz Congress on Thursday, January 11 at 12:15pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room.

For this landmark keynote address, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar will explore the role jazz can and should play in a moment that is challenging politically, socially, and culturally. A global icon that changed the game of professional basketball, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar has become a celebrated and bestselling author, filmmaker, ambassador of education, and columnist for the Guardian newspaper and Time magazine. A sought-after speaker, he recounts in riveting and humorous detail his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete, author, producer, and community activist.

Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, convenes the global jazz community in order 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. 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, and will address topics including “Jazz and Race,” “New Models of Jazz Education,” “Gender and Jazz,” “Why Performance Matters:  Stagecraft Masterclass,” “Building Partnerships in Secondary Markets,” and more. For a complete schedule and more information, visit jazzcongress.org.

Sponsored by Adam R. Rose with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges
its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene, 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
zjones@jazz.org
212-258-9821