Jazz Connect, a confederation of jazz activists including principals of JazzTimes magazine, AllAboutJazz.com and Thirsty Ear Recordings, produced a free multi-meeting conference with no specific theme other than what’s happening in the musical “community” now, on Jan 10 and 11 at the New York Hilton. (Correction: JazzTimes is NOT part of Jazz Connect, but did organize the Jazz Connect conference). With nominal support from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention — the occasion of many artists showcases last weekend including the extraordinary Winter Jazz Fest — the Jazz Connect Conference drew more than 1000 pre-event registrants and by my guestimate something like 500 to 700 actual attendees.
Musicians, educators, agents, presenters, journalists, broadcasters, publicists, festival producers, club owner-operators, grass roots organizers, die-hard fans and speakers including Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia heard each other out on the big issues: How can jazz best use new media, what must be done to sustain jazz economies and ecologies, what’s the state of racial politics in jazz now, how does jazz outside the U.S. hold its own. There was even a little talk about what good sounds people have been hearing.
I’ll need a couple days to process it all before reporting in full — but photographer Sánta István Csaba, visiting NYC from Hungary, gave me permission to post some of his images: