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JJA at 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, WinterJazz Fest

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

“Basics of Jazz Journalism” is the title of the JJA’s panel discussion/workshop at the fifth annual Jazz Connect customlogoconference, to be held from 2 pm to 3 pm, Thursday, January 5, 2017, in the York Theatre (Lower Level II) of St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th St.) in New York City.

On the  panel/workshop, JJA members Laurence Donohue-Greene, managing editor of The New York City Jazz Record; Mark Ruffin, host and program director of the Real Jazz channel of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and Stephanie J. Castillo of Olena

Audience at 2016 JJA Jazz Connect panel, "Jazz in Mainstream Media"

Audience at 2016 JJA Jazz Connect panel, “Jazz in Mainstream Media”

 Media, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker (most recently directing Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story) will talk about what emerging music journalists and musicians seeking coverage need to know to keep news and views of jazz alive in contemporary media. JJA President Howard Mandel will serve as moderator. 

With board members Don Palmer and Neil Tesser also in attendance, the JJA will hold informal members’ meetups during the conference and concurrent Winter Jazzfest. For press credentials to attend WJF, contact Matt Merewitz, Matt@FullyAltered.com.

A discount on advance pre-registration for the two-day conference (9 am to 5 pm, Jan 5 and 6) organized by JazzTimes magazine and the Jazz Forward Coalition, is available through December 15.  The only profession-wide convention for jazz artists, presenters, producers, managers, agents and journalists, this year’s Jazz Connect conference theme is “The Family of Jazz,” with a focus on efforts to enlarge the jazz audience. Maria Schneider will give a keynote presentation, and Christian McBride is to receive the conference’s Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, presented by George Wein. 

A complete schedule for the conference is here. For further information, call 617-315-9158 or e-mail jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com or visit www.jazz-connect.com. To pre-register for the conference, go to the website. To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference edition of JazzTimes, contact Michelle Elchaak at 617-706-9080 or melchaak@madavor.com.

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