I received a press release from Jazz at Lincoln Center stating that they have an initial list of musicians who will be participating in sessions at Jazz Congress 2020. Before I get into the list, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of “Jazz Congress” before, and wanted to learn what exactly it is. The Jazz Congress is an annual conference designed to bring together artists, media and industry leaders in the global jazz community, with a goal of exchanging ideas in order to nurture and grow the jazz community and the underlying business and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support the music.
Back to the list of musicians who will be at Jazz Congress 2020 … it includes (at this point): Benny Benack III, Jaimie Branch, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Braxton Cook, Orrin Evans, Jon Faddis, Maxine Gordon, Benny Green, Marquis Hill, Jazzmeia Horn, Javon Jackson, Kokayi, Marilyn Maye, René Marie, Christian McBride, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash, Ted Rosenthal, Samora Pinderhughes, Somi, Camille Thurman, Kenny Washington, and Brandee Younger.
The Jazz Congress will also include a number of speaker and topic sessions, including:
- Wellness for Jazz Musicians
- Africa: The Past & Future of Jazz
- Perfect Pitch: Jazz Video Challenge
- Musician: Book Thyself!
- “Bird” and Beyond: Celebrating Charlie Parker at 100
- How To Build Buzz for Gigs in the Post-Listings Era
- The Balance of Art & Commerce in the Business of Jazz Recording
- Jazz Radio’s Role in an Era of Music Abundance
- Jazz Jukebox Jury
- Ask the Pros
To learn more about this event, check out the Jazz Congress website here.