Jazz Philadelphia Summit Participants

Schedule for the 2018 Jazz Philadelphia Summit

Faye M. Anderson
Director, All That Philly Jazz
Faye M. Anderson is director of All That Philly Jazz, a public history project that exists at the intersection of art, public policy, and cultural heritage preservation. The project documents the places where jazz happened and contextualizes the jazz culture. Anderson is a citizen preservationist whose work has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a result of her advocacy, the former location of the Checker Café, where Pearl Bailey once worked as a singing waitress, was saved from demolition; Billie Holiday was inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame; and the John Coltrane mural that was demolished by a developer was replaced. All That Philly Jazz stems from a music-related hackathon, and in the coming months, Faye hopes to develop a self-guided Augmented Reality (AR) Jazz Walk.
Panel:
The Philadelphia Story
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15 
Where: 
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

The Baylor Project
Jean and Marcus Baylor
The Baylor Project, a highly respected collaboration between husband and wife Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor, is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. The Baylors’ musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. The Journey, their debut album, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at No. 8 and a year later has garnered two Grammy nominations, for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Panel: Working It: Jazz in the Successful Muscian’s Toolbox
When: 3:15 
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Janis Burley Wilson
President and CEO, August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Janis Burley Wilson was named president and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in July 2017, and in 2011 founded the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. She has also served at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as vice president of education and community engagement and as the vice president of strategic partnerships and community engagement. Her reinvention of the Pittsburgh jazz scene elevated her to director of jazz programs in addition to her vice presidential roles. One of the few women jazz presenters in the country, Burley Wilson has been asked to speak at national conferences about women in jazz, diversity, and using the arts as a catalyst for economic development. Burley Wilson has forged hundreds of artistic partnerships and community connections that have made the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Cultural District more accessible.
Panel: 
The Economic Impact of the Arts
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 10:15 
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater
Panel: Curators Roundtable
When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Patricia Caesar
President, St. James Strategy
Patricia Caesar the President of St. James Strategy, a consulting company that helps nonprofit organizations and foundations reach their full potential and achieve significant and sustainable impact in their fields. Her clients have included more than 200 nonprofit, foundation, and government organizations, representing a broad range of social, educational, health, media, arts & culture, policy, advocacy and philanthropic issues. The company focuses its work on strategic business planning, capacity building, scaling, field building, organizational development, board and leadership development, financial development, and executive search. Patricia has also served as a speaker, trainer, and author of articles regarding the nonprofit sector. In 2017, St. James Strategy completed an assessment and recommendations report on the jazz ecosystem in Philadelphia for the Wyncote Foundation. An outcome of that work was the creation of Jazz Philadelphia.
Panel: 
Jazz Funding: Issues and Solutions
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where: 
University of the Arts, Connelly Hall, 8th Floor, Room 806

Suzanne Cloud
Archivist, Jazz Bridge
Suzanne Cloud is a writer, historian, and jazz singer who has appeared with Philadelphia’s top musicians. Cloud received her doctorate in American studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has authored six young-adult history books, contributed to the African-American National Biography Project at Harvard, and is the founding executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit aiding musicians in crisis. Her play Last Call at the Downbeat was part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Cloud, a past Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and recipient of the Rutgers University Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement in 2015, conceptualized Vision Song: Our Hearts, Our Future, Our Voices, a commission for jazz orchestra for Kimmel Center performances in April 2016.
Panel:
The Philadelphia Story
When: 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15 
Where:Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 


Mark Christman
Executive Artistic Director, Ars Nova Workshop and October Revolution jazz festival
Mark Christman is the founder and artistic director of Ars Nova Workshop (ANW), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit jazz and experimental music-presenting organization. The recipient of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in Jazz and four-time winner of the Philadelphia City Paper’s “CP Choice Award” for best jazz series in Philadelphia, ANW has presented some of the most significant contributors to jazz and experimental music over the past 50 years, such as Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros, Tony Conrad, Merzbow, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bill Dixon, Paul Bley, Fennesz, and Anthony Braxton. He has produced jazz recordings such as Dave Burrell’s Full-Blown Trio’s Expansion (High Two Recordings), and has served on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. He’s also the recipient of many awards, including Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly,” a Spin magazine “Local Hero” award, the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Jazz Hero” award, and the “Making a Difference Award” from Philadelphia’s Jazz Bridge.
Panel: 
Curators Roundtable
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz
Founder, Philly Music Lab
Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz is the CEO an and Co-Founder of Philly Music Lab, and a classically trained violinist who works across many genres. She is a tenured member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and performs with Opera Philadelphia and the Academy of Vocal Arts Orchestra. Most recently, she performed as concertmaster for Opera Philadelphia’s O17 festival and the world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved. In 2015, she worked on many original R&B and neo-soul string arrangements for the Home album by Jeff Bradshaw and Friends, a star-studded record that charted in the top ten of the Billboard Jazz Top 100. Cutler-Fetkewicz has toured nationally with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and has shared the Carnegie Hall stage with Jill Scott. She is an active voting member of NARAS in the genres of classical and R&B.
Panel: 
Performing in Unusual Spaces and Places
When: 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Celeste DiNucci
Director of Development, Ars Nova Workshop
Celeste DiNucci serves as the director of strategy and development at Ars Nova Workshop. For nearly 20 years, she has worked in development—as a consultant and on staff—for many arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, including the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, Dancing Classrooms, International House, Settlement Music School, and the American Philosophical Society. She has also consulted with individual artists, authors, scholars, and scientists on manuscripts, grant proposals, and a wide variety of editorial projects. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialty in performance theory and Renaissance drama.
Panel: 
Funding Your Project: Grants and Residency Applications Workshop
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Hamilton Garden

Jeff Duperon
Host, WRTI and Executive Director, Jazz Bridge (moderator)
Jeff Duperon is the weekend jazz host on WRTI, Temple University Public Radio, Philadelphia, and has over 30+ years of public broadcasting experience. Jeff has produced and directed on-air content for WWOZ at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; serves as master of ceremony for several regional jazz festivals; served on the board of directors for the Friends of WWOZ; contributed as a panelist for Jazz Week and Jazz Improv, and is guest lecturer at Temple University’s Jazz Studies Department. Duperon is a retired manager of health economics and market access for Johnson & Johnson in the Mid-Atlantic region, and currently serves as the executive director of the Jazz Bridge Project, a nonprofit organization established in 2004 to assist professional Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis.
Panel: 
Getting Heard, Getting Covered
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:00
where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

John Ernesto
Festival General Manager, Berks Jazz Fest
John Ernesto has been involved with the Berks Jazz Fest, held each spring in Reading, PA, since its inception in 1991. Ernesto has been general manager for the last 25 years, working with the Berks Arts Council and an outstanding team to build the ten-day Berks Jazz Fest into an event that is respected by fans and artists. Ernesto also serves as general manager of the Reading Blues Fest, which was launched by the BAC in 2017. He coordinated artistic programming at two clubs in the Reading area—Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Base and Building 24 Live—for many years. In 2014, Ernesto retired from Reading Eagle Company, ending a 49-year career with the newspaper.
Panel: 
The Economic Impact of the Arts
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 10:15
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater
Panel: 
Curators Roundtable
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Dr. Aaron Flagg
Chair and Associate Director, Juilliard Jazz
Dr. Aaron Flagg received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in trumpet performance from Juilliard and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has toured and performed widely as a trumpeter in jazz, classical, and new music settings, working with a wide range of musicians as diverse as the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, New York Philharmonic, Roberta Flack, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He currently serves as the associate director of Juilliard’s jazz program.
Panel: 
Educating Artists and Audiences
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15 
Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Nnenna Freelon
Six-time Grammy Nominated Vocalist
Nnenna Freelon is a six-time Grammy-award nominee who has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer—she toured with him as well as many other great jazz artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, and George Benson. Freelon is a winner of both the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in New York City. She was nominated twice as “Lady of Soul” by the Soul Train Awards. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Freelon received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston. Her parents and singing in the church gave the singer her first exposure to the arts—especially to the art of jazz. All during her pursuit of a career in jazz, Freelon has cherished and held dear her two most important lifetime roles—wife and mother. As the mother of three, Freelon has led by example—follow your dreams, dedicate yourself, and work hard in all you do.
Panel: 
Artist Keynote Address
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 4:30
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Bibi Green
Manager, Greenhouse Management
Bibi Green is known in the jazz world as the manager of world-class bass player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and performer Marcus Miller. During the course of her 30 years with Miller, Green has also worked with contemporary jazz greats that include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and David Sanborn, as well as musicians in many other genres. Green has also coordinated approximately 40 albums, and taken turns in concert production, television, film, jazz cruises, and has also taken turns as a producer, production coordinator, and talent coordinator.
Panel: 
Building the Artist’s Business Team
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 2:30
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Eric Hansen
Agent, AB Artists
Eric Hanson has been involved in the business of live music since 1989 in capacities ranging from tour manager to manager and booking agent to talent buyer. Since 2015, he has been director of booking for AB Artists in NYC. He has served a broad variety of artists across many genres in his work at his own agencies, Steppin’ In Artist Development and Masquerade Artist Management, as well as with the Rosebud Agency, Baylin Artists Management, Ted Kurland Associates, and the International Music Network. Clients have included Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Loudon Wainwright III, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Hansen has also served as the artistic director of Yoshi’s San Francisco.
Panel: 
Building the Artist’s Business Team
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 2:30
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

J. Michael Harrison
Emcee
J. Michael Harrison, emcee, is a longtime host of The Bridge at WRTI in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia native who was born within walking distance of Temple University, Harrison cites his older brother John, a guitarist, and his cousin, the drummer Harry “Butch” Reed, as part of the reason for his musical open-mindedness. Harrison has taught classes in jazz at Rowan University, the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, and in the Free Library of Philadelphia, and since 2008 he has taught music journalism at the University of the Arts. He has also lectured at Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania, written liner notes, moderated and participated in numerous panels, curated series, produced events, and hosted concerts in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City, and New Orleans. He was executive producer on Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Brotherzone album in 1999, and he works closely with the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

Lovett Hines
Artistic Director, Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts
Lovett Hines is the artistic director and founder of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts Music Education Program. Since 1985, students in the program have participated in a broad range of activities including private instruction, master classes, ensembles, summer jazz camp, and live performance around the U.S. Hines is credited for launching the careers of many young, accomplished musicians and artists, and he has mentored some of the most high-profile jazz artists to have emerged from Philadelphia in recent times, most notably bassist Christian McBride, organist Joey DeFrancesco, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and drummer Justin Faulkner. He’s served as program director at the Trane Stop Resource Institute, director for the “Change of the Century Orchestra” that performed at JazzFest Berlin, and music director for the Jerry McCleary Revue at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Panel: Educating Artists and Audiences
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Derrick Hodge
Bassist, Composer, Producer
Derrick Hodge is a two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and Blue Note recording artist. Hodge grew up outside of Philadelphia in Willingboro, NJ, and attended Temple University. Hodge has recorded and performed across a wide range of styles of music and artists, while maintaining a successful career as a film composer, record producer, and musical director.
Panel: 
Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:15
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Jeff Hornstein
Executive Director, The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Jeff Hornstein serves as the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Economy League. Until January 2018, Jeff served as the director of financial and policy analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller, and in collaboration with the City’s Commerce Department, he coordinated a major citywide initiative to increase local spending by Philadelphia’s major eds-and-meds anchor institutions. In his civic life, Jeff has served on the boards of Queen Village Neighbors Association, the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, and helped convene the Friends of Neighborhood Education, a citywide initiative to build community support for neighborhood public schools. Hornstein holds a Ph.D. in business history and spent a decade in the labor movement, where he helped low-wage workers in the service and education sectors build workplace and political power.
Panel: 
The Economic Impact of the Arts
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 10:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Homer Jackson
Director, Philadelphia Jazz Project (moderator)
Homer Jackson brings over 20 years of experience teaching art in community settings to his current position as director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project. The initiative seeks to inspire a network to support, promote, archive, and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with a larger goal of connecting to the global community. As a producer of jazz, Jackson has been responsible for delighting audiences with top-tier musical collaborations at scores of locations including parks, public gathering spaces, auditoriums, and venues in every corner of the city. In 1996, he was recognized by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities for his work with at-risk youth, and teaching and mentorship remain a core value of his career. He serves on the Jazz Philadelphia leadership team.
Panel: 
Performing in Unusual Spaces and Places
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Arnetta Johnson
Trumpeter
Arnetta Johnson is a trumpet player from Camden, NJ. She began playing at the age of 13 under the direction of Nasir Dickerson and Hassan. After performing throughout high school, Arnetta went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in 2016 and on to a career in the music industry. Johnson has performed with names such as Tia Fuller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Janelle Monae, Beyoncé, Ralph Peterson, The Roots, and many more.
Panel: 
Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:15
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Bill Johnson
General Manager, WRTI
Bill Johnson is the general manager of WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical and jazz station. Johnson’s focus is on increasing service to listeners and forging strong relationships with the jazz community, including bringing the work of local jazz musicians to Philadelphia’s airwaves via live performances. An avid lover of classical music and jazz who has played the trumpet for 40 years, Johnson believes that jazz is for everyone, that jazz should be everywhere, and that it’s an art form that provides a model and inspiration for social change. He currently serves on the board of the International Society for Improvised Music and is on Jazz Philadelphia’s Leadership Team.
Panel: 
Jazz Funding: Issues and Solutions
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where: 
Terra Building, Connelly Hall, 8th Floor, Room 806

Michael Kline
Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Michael Kline began work in 1992 as a jazz programmer on the highly respected and influential “voice of New Orleans,” WWOZ. By 1997, he combined his work at the station with his work as the in-house booking agent for Burgess Management, handling the booking agency duties for artists such as Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Lizz Wright, Claudia Acuna, and others. Post-Katrina, Michael returned to the East Coast and opened Michael Kline Artists, representing Grammy Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, NEA Jazz Masters, and DownBeat poll winners. In 2012, Michael launched the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. The festival has grown to a twice-a-year event in spring and fall and has quickly earned a reputation on the international jazz circuit as a world-class music festival, drawing praise for its production values, artistic direction, large and enthusiastic crowds, and diverse audience.
Panel: 
Curators Roundtable
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Kelly Lee
Chief Cultural Officer, Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (moderator)
Kelly Lee is the chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia, appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney, and leads the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. OACCE closes the gap in access to quality cultural experiences and creative expression through the support and promotion of arts, culture, and the creative industries; connects Philadelphians to enriching, arts-infused experiences; links local artists and cultural organizations to resources and opportunities; and preserves the city’s public art assets. A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Lee serves on the board of directors of Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia History Museum, Please Touch Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and as an advisor to many initiatives and programs including the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, PHL Diversity, Arts and Business Council, and the City of Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force.
Panel:
The Economic Impact of the Arts
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 10:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Don Lucoff
PDX Jazz Festival (moderator)
Don Lucoff is the president of DL Media, which offers tour and publicity support, brand and audience development, and consulting services. Clients have included Blue Note Records, Mack Avenue, Mosaic, Marsalis Music, Sony, ECM, Justin Time, Smoke Sessions, Verve, and Impulse! Records. Lucoff has served as the artistic director for PDX Jazz in Portland, Oregon, since 2012 and consults festivals in Panama, Detroit, and Aspen, Colorado. He’s a longstanding member of NARAS, and has served on boards and/or consulted with the Jazz Forward Coalition, Jazz Congress, Western Jazz Presenters Network, Jazz Alliance Int’l, Jazz Foundation of America, BET, South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, IAJE, JALC, and the Jazz Standard.
Panel: 
Curators Roundtable
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Frank Machos
Executive Director, School District of Philadelphia’s Office of the Arts & Academic Enrichment
Frank Machos is the executive director for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of The Arts & Academic Enrichment and has also served as the district’s director of music education. He relocated from his native New Jersey to Philadelphia, where he received a BA in music composition and an MA in music education at the University of the Arts; he also holds an MA in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Machos is a saxophonist who has taught music at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School and later at School of the Future, and his focus has been on expanding innovation in music education by integrating popular and contemporary music, technology, and college and career skill development. He’s also the founder of the community-centered nonprofit Limelight Arts, and serves on the Leadership Team of Jazz Philadelphia.
Panel: 
Educating Artists and Audiences
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Jack McCarthy
Archivist/Historian, Jazz Bridge
Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian. He has a master’s degree in music history and specializes in Philadelphia music history, and has served as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently directing a project titled Documenting & Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, a Jazz Bridge initiative funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He co-produced the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 series and exhibit Memories & Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy and served as consulting archivist for the award-winning 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio. McCarthy writes on Philadelphia music for the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and for the online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia.
Panel: The Philadelphia Story
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Maureen McFadden
Senior Account Publicist and Operations Manager, DL Media
Maureen McFadden is a greater Philadelphia-area native who first started in the music industry by booking rock concerts at a local venue during her senior year in high school. She pursued this interest and went on to study her craft, receiving degrees in audio engineering and music business while recording and mixing hip-hop in Florida. Upon graduation, she moved back to Philadelphia and worked at Ropeadope Records focusing on marketing, promotion, and product management. She joined DL Media in 2010, spearheading campaigns for artists such as Kamasi Washington, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Christian McBride, Stanley Clarke, Bob James, Freda Payne, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, and more.
Panel: 
Getting Heard, Getting Covered
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Lee Mergner
Jazz Congress, Jazz Times
Lee Mergner served for 27 years as editor and publisher—and continues to be a contributing editor—at JazzTimes, which has won numerous ASCAP Deems Taylor awards for music journalism. Mergner also is a co-organizer of the national Jazz Congress in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, which brings together hundreds of industry professionals to discuss trends, issues, and ideas in the international jazz community. Mergner also serves as the jazz consultant for Entertainment Cruise Productions, which produces numerous jazz and music cruises, including Blue Note at Sea and The Jazz Cruise. He’s a highly sought-after guest and moderator for Black Entertainment Television, the BET on jazz cable channels, and at music industry conferences around the world. Mergner is also the creator and producer of the JazzTimes Spins & Riffs podcast.
Panel: Getting Heard, Getting Covered
When: 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Adam Monaco
Founder, Working While Playing and All Entertainment
Adam Monaco has been a part of the Philadelphia community and music scene since 2002, and is a highly-sought after mandolin player who has been writing songs since he was 13 years old. His two main bands, the folk duo Under the Oak and the children’s band The Plants play frequently throughout the region and beyond; he also sits in with regularly with many Philadelphia bands, including folk-noir favorite Sweetbriar Rose. As early as high school, Adam was utilizing his musical talents and positive energy to give back, and he is the co-founder, along with musician and advocate Danie Ocean, of Working While Playing, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit and co-op that supports local artists. He is also a manager at All Entertainment, a project-based company that uses its collective knowledge, experience, and its network of experts to help other companies meet their business goals.
Panel: 
Performing in Unusual Spaces and Places
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Justin Nordell
Executive Director, Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Justin Nordell is the executive director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, which was founded in 1959 to preserve the past, promote the present, and secure the future of folk music and related forms of expression through education, presentation, and participation. They welcome jazz musicians as one of the many forms of folk music they support, including featured performances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which hosts more than 35,000 attendees each year. Nordell has worked in other positions at PFS, in the recording industry, and at several arts and culture organizations in the region, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Society and Philadelphia Film Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, FringeArts, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Prince Music Theater, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater.
Panel: 
Performing in Unusual Spaces and Places
When: 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Councilman David Oh
Philadelphia City Council
Councilman David Oh is a Councilman At-Large for the City of Philadelphia. He is the Chairman of Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy, and serves on Council Leadership as minority whip. With his election in 2011, David became the first Asian-American elected to political office in Philadelphia, thanks to very broad and diverse support from voters across the city.
Panel: 
The Economic Impact of the Arts
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 10:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Warren Oree
Director, Executive Director and Producer, Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
Warren Oree is a composer, educator, producer, and musician who began playing the upright bass in 1973. In 1975 he joined the group Weusi Mutribu, and in 1979 he started the group that he leads today—the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. In addition to touring and performing with Arpeggio, Oree has toured and/ or recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Basso Nouveaux, Khan Jamal, and Hamiet Bluiett. He has also performed with Donald Byrd, Wynton Marsalis, and drummer Norman Connors. Oree is co-founder and artistic director of LifeLine Music Coalition, was executive producer of the 2003 Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival, music producer of the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival from 2004 to 2011. He’s now the executive producer and artistic director of the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival.
Panel: 
Curators Roundtable
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:45
Where: Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor 

Sam Perry
Community Arts Program Coordinator, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Sam Perry works in the City of Philadelphia’ Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy. In her role as Community Arts Program Coordinator, Sam engages with partner organizations and artists to plan OACCE’s neighborhood arts initiatives and events, including the Performances in Public Spaces program, Culture in Neighborhoods, Creative Avenues, and year-round community arts and culture events across the city.
Panel: 
Funding Your Project: Grants and Residency Applications Workshop
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Hamilton Garden

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
Philadelphia City Council
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is currently serving her fifth term as a member of Philadelphia City Council. On January 4, 2016, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown was again elected by her peers to serve as majority whip, and is the only woman serving in City Council leadership.
City Council Resolution Presentation
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 10 
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

John “Lil’ John” Roberts
Drummer, Music Director
John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought-after jazz and R&B drummers of his generation and has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat as he plays, writes, and produces in the studio and on television. A native of Philadelphia, John quickly became noted as a child prodigy, playing alongside Christian McBride and Joey DeFrancesco at the age of 16. Collectively, the trio was also a part of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, a project created and directed by Wynton Marsalis, composed of 22 of the country’s best young jazz musicians. He’s a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and was tapped to tour with Janet Jackson at the very early age of 23. He’s worked with some of the top names in the jazz world including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Najee, and George Benson, and has also worked with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder and Prince, among many, many others.
Panel: 
Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday Nov. 3, 3:15
Where: 
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Michael Ricci
Founder, All About Jazz and Jazz Near You
Michael Ricci is an internet visionary with a background in information technologies. Ricci combined his vocation with his love of jazz music and founded All About Jazz in 1995. Combined with Jazz Near You (founded in 2012), they are the preeminent websites of their kind. Ricci is considered one of jazz’s foremost agents of change.
Panel: 
Educating Artists and Audiences
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Gargi Shindé
Program Director, Jazz, Chamber Music America
Gargi Shindé is director of programs for jazz at Chamber Music America. She has over a decade of experience in program curation, artist development, and arts education, and has served as program director at Galapagos Art Space in New York, as well as in positions with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Belle Marquis Books, and Stonehouse Books. She has developed strategic marketing for a wide range of artists and has lectured on classical Indian performance history and the aesthetics of improvisation at conferences in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and the United States. Shindé is a classically trained sitarist and composer whose collaborations bridge Indian classical music and the traditions of jazz. She has a special interest in developing audiences for underserved communities.
Panel: 
Jazz Funding: Issues and Solutions
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where: 
Terra Building, Connelly Hall, 8th Floor, Room 806

Sunny Sumter
Executive Director, D.C. Jazz Festival
Sunny Sumter is executive director of the D.C. Jazz Festival, a nonprofit service organization established in 2004 to present jazz-related cultural and educational programs in the nation’s capital. Its’ signature programs are the annual D.C. Jazz Festival and the year-round Roberta Flack Education Program. Prior to D.C. Jazz Festival, Sumter held management/director positions with the Aspen Institute, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Panel: 
Jazz Funding: Issues and Solutions
When: 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where: 
Terra Building, Connelly Hall, 8th Floor, Room 806

Laurin Talese
(moderator)
Laurin Talese has been captivating audiences with her voice since the age of ten. After attending the Cleveland School of the Arts, Talese received a degree in jazz vocal performance from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Although her greatest affinity is for jazz, she performs in many genres and has worked with numerous American recording artists including Jaguar Wright, Bilal, Robert Glasper, and Vivian Green. Talese has also worked with German superstar Joy Denalane and has shared the stage with renowned ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Talese is also a gifted songwriter. She has toured extensively within the U.S. and around the globe and is committed to supporting other artists who make Philadelphia their home.
Panel: 
Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:15
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Michelle Taylor
Managing Director, Passion Music Group (moderator)
Michelle Taylor is founder and managing director of Passion Music Group. Taylor started her career in the music industry working as a promotion and marketing executive at various record labels including Blue Note, EMI, and Verve, where she worked with prominent artists such as Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Najee, The O’Jays, Natalie Cole, and Maceo Parker. Then, after many years of serving as director of marketing and promotions for the Novus label, Taylor left to form Passion Music Group in 1996. Her list of corporate clients has included large institutions such as You Global Entertainment, The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Institute of Jazz Studies. Her artist management roster over the years has included Regina Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Lundy, Letizia Gambi, Lewis Nash, Antonio Hart, and Rodney Jones. Currently, Taylor is working with Matthew Whitaker, Laurin Talese, and Ralph Peterson.
Panel: 
Building the Artist’s Business Team
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 2:30
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Sumi Tonooka
Pianist, Composer
Sumi Tonooka is an award-winning Philadelphia- and Boston-based pianist and composer. During a career spanning more than 30 years, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences as she quietly piles up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians. Recording often in trio or quartet with such noted jazz stalwarts as bassist Rufus Reid and drummers Akira Tana and Lewis Nash, Tonooka characteristically blends her own compositions with highly personal readings of jazz standards. Tonooka has traveled the world with her music, including touring West Africa as part of a sextet featuring her musical compadre of two decades, jazz violinist John Blake, Jr. Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label.
Panel: 
Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:15
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Michael Tozzi
Host of JZZ and owner of Viaggio Media
Michael Tozzi is the founder of ijazzglobal.com, which he launched in 2008 to promote jazz on a global scale. His company has produced LiVE broadcasts and captured video in London, Bahamas, Key West, Miami, Bermuda and Coco Key, the Berks Jazz Fest, Seabreeze Jazz Fest, Cancun Jazz Fest, & Barbados Jazz Fest, since starting ijazzglobal.com. He has a long career in jazz radio, and is currently an on air personality 
with Smooth Jazz JJZ and the FREE iHeartRadio App. He’s also taken turns at WPDQ-FM and WIOQ, and is a voting member of NARAS, for which he has also served on the board of governors, among other roles. He’s a member of the National Music Alliance and serves on the boards of several national nonprofit organizations.
Panel: Getting Heard, Getting Covered
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:00
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Dr. Diane D. Turner
Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University
Dr. Diane D. Turner has a lifelong passion for African-American history and culture, and she is currently the curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, her alma mater. The Blockson collection now houses more than 500,000 items, including rare books from the 1600s and original works W.E.B. Du Bois, William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, George Washington Williams, Carter G. Woodson, and a host of others.
Panel: 
The Philadelphia Story
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:15
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Anthony Tidd
Jazz Artistic Advisor, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (moderator)
Anthony Tidd is a Grammy Award-winning producer, world-renowned educator, and celebrated bassist who also serves on the Jazz Philadelphia leadership team. Born, raised, and educated in London, England, Tidd considers his true music education to be his 24 years (and counting) with jazz alto saxophonist and MacArthur genius Steve Coleman. In addition to working with and producing for many international artists, including Greg Osby, Vijay Iyer, Talib Kweli, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Meshell Ndegeocello, Common, Jill Scott, De La Soul, David Byrne, and Frank Ocean, Tidd is the creator/director of the Creative Music Program and Jazz Camp of Philadelphia at the University of the Arts. He is also jazz artistic advisor at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Panel: 
Educating Artists and Audiences
When:
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:15
Where:
 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Melissa Walker
President, Founder, Jazz House Kids
Melissa Walker is an acclaimed jazz vocalist and recording artist. She’s recognized as a visionary, results-oriented leader and passionate advocate for education through the arts. In 2002, Melissa’s passion for performing and working with people led her to found Jazz House Kids, a nationally recognized arts education and performance organization.
Panel: Educating Artists and Audiences
When: Friday Nov. 2, 11:15
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater

Eric Wortham II
Musician
Eric Wortham II is a jazz and classically trained pianist and accomplished composer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for captivating audiences with his soulful rhythmic feel, innovative hand technique, and precise hand speed. Eric has toured with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Jill Scott and Adele, and collaborated with Vivian Green, Aloe Blacc, Kindred the Family Soul, Musiq Soulchild, Jeff Bradshaw, Bakithi Kumalo, and Jamey Haddad. Wortham has performed internationally and has graced the stages of the Grammy Awards, the BRIT Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the Marian Anderson Awards. He has also performed on The View, Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.
Panel: Workin’ It: Jazz in the Successful Musician’s Toolbox
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

Matt Yaple
Founder, @exuberance
Matt Yaple hosts @exuberance, a listening salon for piano jazz in South Kensington. He came to Philadelphia in 1974 on a fellowship to Temple University’s MFA program in film production. For many years, he managed media production at the American Law Institute in West Philadelphia. He’s a composer, pianist and lifelong jazz fan. Since July 2016, @exuberance has presented 35+ salons featuring our nation’s greatest jazz pianists in a comfortable, acoustically ideal setting to an avid and respectful audience. Its ensembles, like its audience, represent a diversity of age, race, and gender, and artists have included Kenny Werner, Ran Blake, Elio Villafranca, Sumi Tonooka, Dayramir González, Tamir Hendelman, Zaccai Curtis, Emmet Cohen, Dan Nimmer, Axel Laugart, Isaiah J. Thompson, Chano Domínguez, Luis Perdomo, Spike Wilner, Jeb Patton, Micah Thomas, Ariacne Trujillo, Bruce Barth,Tom Lawton, Joseph Block, Farid Barron, Aaron Graves, Uri Caine, Orrin Evans, John di Martino, and Dave Kikoski.
Panel: Performing in Unusual Places and Spaces
When:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00
Where:
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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