Summit 2020 Schedule


Friday, Oct. 9 @ 10 a.m.

10 a.m. Keynote: Terri Lyne Carrington on Jazz and Gender Justice

Cultural transformation is needed in jazz, as is a consideration of what justice means. We need to explore how systemic oppression has helped to make jazz education inaccessible to the cultural/racial group of people that created it. We must also reflect upon the resilience of women and gender non-normative individuals, and how misogyny and hetero-patriarchy have influenced this struggle. Whether speaking about racial justice or gender justice, no one should have to be that resilient—and double that for Black women. What unfairness and extra burdens do these individuals experience? Finally, Carrington will reflect upon love of humanity… love of the music… and sense of purpose, including how spiritual grounding can help us. Suffering and joy are two sides of the coin when it comes to this life. How can we navigate these experiences together? Moderator: Gerald Veasley

Plus Keynote Performance: “Strange Fruit” Carol Riddick and Aaron Graves

Friday, Oct. 9 @ 11:15 a.m.

Coffee Hangout: Ask Me Anything with Bill Johnson, General Manager, WRTI | Moderator: Josh Lee

 Friday, Oct. 9 @ 12:15 p.m.

Big Ideas!

TedX-style talks to inspire and challenge you
Concurrent Conversations | Breakout Sessions
Group Report Outs | Speaker Reactions

What will still be valid in a post-pandemic cultural and social landscape and what business models do we need to let go of?

Anthony Tidd, who has enjoyed a multi-hyphenated career as a bassist, composer, producer, curator, and educator donned a new hat in response to COVID-19: He created the ACT4 Music Festival. He’ll discuss his new business model for jazz festivals—one that is centered on equity for artists and curators.
Moderator: Ernest Stuart

12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions | Concurrent Conversations
Group Report Outs | Speaker Reactions

Are You Fit For The Fight?

As a clinical therapist, Dr. Argie Allen-Wilson has been helping individuals and families work through challenges for over 20 years. In her Summit talk “Are You Fit For The Fight,” she’ll explore both the pandemic and racial unrest and how families, friends, loved ones, students, co-workers and colleagues are being forced to have some painful conversations that they otherwise would not be having. While the conversations may appear painful, they are absolutely necessary for growth and healing. Moderator: Warren Cooper

12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions | Concurrent Conversations
Group Report Outs | Speaker Reactions

How Shall We Combat Anti-blackness in the Music Business?

Pianist-composer, educator, and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer has been involved with issues of racial equity long before the 2020 summer of unrest. At the Summit, he will offer a thought provoking session on the artist’s responsibility as a change-maker. What role, especially, can artists with stability and cultural capital play when it comes to voicing their values and making room for emerging artists to do the same?
Steve Rowland

12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions | Concurrent Conversations
Group Report Outs | Speaker Reactions

Friday, Oct. 9 @ 2 p.m.

Mid Afternoon Break

 Friday, Oct. 9 @ 3 p.m.

Brass Tacks:

What is our financial future? What are our new business models?

3: 00 p.m. Musicians’ Income Strategies 

Musicians need more money, period. From music streaming services to film and TV song placement, there is a wide array of income streams to help musicians diversify their income. Learn more in this session with leading music industry experts.

Moderator: Mark Schulz (Recording Academy- Philadelphia) 
Speakers: Jason Berger (Entertainment Lawyer), Reid Martin (MidCitizen Entertainment), Nate Smith (Drummer, Looploft), Leonard “Pudge” Tribbett Jr. (Soul Surplus/Splice)

Plus: Closing Remarks & Closing Performance

3:00 p.m. The Big Pivot – New Business Models for Festivals and Presenters 

How will festivals and presenters adapt and thrive in response to the pandemic? Things have changed dramatically since George Wein introduced the festival concept with the launch of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. How will they handle booking, scheduling, fee setting and protocols in the new world? What about virtual festivals may stay as a component of in-person festivals?

Moderator: Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival)

Speakers: Josh Grossman (Toronto Jazz Festival), Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival), Lisa Schwartz (Philly Folk Festival)

Plus: Closing Remarks & Closing Performance

3:00 p.m. Keeping the Arts Alive During Crises

The arts are going through an existential crisis. Artists and arts organizations find themselves competing for funding in a world where resources are shrinking drastically. How are advocates, allies, and arts leaders acting to ensure a future for the arts?

Moderator: Heather Shayne Blakeslee

Speakers: Mitch Beer (Recording Academy), Aalyah Duncan (Philly Culture United), Jess Porter (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation), Hal Real (National Independent Venue Association – NIVA),

Plus: Closing Remarks & Closing Performance

Friday, Oct. 9 @ 7 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Movie Night

Friday Evening Chill

“Metronome” Film Trailer

Screening: “Milford Graves Full Mantis” 

+ Talk Back with Director Jake Meginsky with Mark Christman of Ars Nova Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 11 a.m.

New Horizons:

Realizing our human potential
11:00 a.m. Welcome & Youth Performance
Education Plenary | “The Future [of Work] is Human” with Michael O’Bryan

The 21st century and the future of work are built on a foundational premise: that the core skills of our humanity—creativity, problem solving, communication, conflict management, emotional intelligence—are keys to enhancing and sustaining one’s well-being and one’s chances for securing life-sustaining wages in the face of automation and a rapidly shifting economy. How can we reimagine the roles we play in the development of ourselves, others, and our society while we confront our gravest and oldest problems, including racism, dehumanization and classism?

Speaker: Michael O’Bryan, Drexel University, Urban Innovation Fellow, Lindy Institute For Urban Innovation

Moderator: Frank Machos, Executive Director for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of The Arts & Academic Enrichment.

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 11:50 a.m.

Morning Break

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 12:10 p.m.

Game Changers:

Our Future Is In All Our Hands. Are You Ready To Get To Work?
Education Plenary | All Rise for Resilience: Calling All Music Educators, Mentors, and Advocates with Joseph Conyers

“How can we use music as a tool to make sure our young people are ‘COVID-READY’ for what life has to throw at them?” That’s the query posed by speaker Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, who is also the founder and executive director of Project 440, an organization that helps young people forge new pathways through music. He is excited to share his views on 21st century music education and to explore this urgent question.

Speaker: Joseph Conyers, Assistant Principal Bassist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Executive Director, Project 440
Moderator: Gerald Veasley

Isabella Amada
Olivia Hughart
Marquise Lindsey-Bradley

12:45 p.m.

Changing the Game: Taking Music Education Online Successfully

Music is one of the most daunting disciplines to teach from a distance. How can teachers develop curricula that keep students engaged online? How can technology be a blessing rather than a burden? Jazz educator Tony Miceli has developed tools and strategies to make online instruction effective and rewarding.

Speaker: Tony Miceli (University of the Arts, Temple University, Vibes Workshop) Moderator: Karin Orenstein (Director of Education, Settlement Music School)

New Sounds, New Voices:

The next generation will lead the way. Against all odds, jazz continues to move forward with fresh approaches to music-making. Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, daring young saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, and ground-breaking harpist Brandee Younger talk about their work and creativity.

Speakers: Jazzmeia Horn, Immanuel Wilkins, Brandee Younger

Moderator: Laurin Talese

Giant Steps: Leading with Big Ideas to Thrive in a Post-Covid World

Lead with your best ideas. In our new world, musicians must connect more directly with audiences, and reflect on not just creativity but entrepreneurship. What is the big idea that might help you break through as an artist? What partnerships can you create as a musician? This session will address some of the challenges artists are facing during the pandemic and explore strategies for identifying and presenting Big Ideas to take a giant leap forward in your career.

Speaker: Ronald C. McCurdy, Ph.D

Moderator: Josh Lawrence 

One-on-One With the Pros

Do you have nagging questions about the complex music business? Looking for advice about booking, publicity, radio? These industry pros will meet with you one on one to answer your questions. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 2 p.m.

Imani Records and WRTI presents Club Patio with Orrin Evans featuring Luques Curtis & Nasheet Waits

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 3 p.m.

Strength in Action:

Recognizing and Overcoming Challenges

3:00 p.m. The Authentic Artist as Entrepreneur

No, you don’t have to sell out to sustain yourself. How do you thrive as an artist without sacrificing artistic integrity? Thriving as an artist increasingly requires an entrepreneurial mindset. These artists have developed their businesses without sacrificing their artistic integrity. What are the challenges? What new skills have to be developed? What assumptions have to be left behind in order to be successful?

Speakers: Emmet Cohen  (Emmet Cohen Trio, “Live from Emmet’s Place”), Orrin Evans (Captain Black Big Band, Bad Plus, Imani Records), Alexa Tarantino (A Step Ahead Jazz)

Moderator: Michelle Lordi (Cabinet of Wonder)

3:00 p.m. The Big Pivot – Jazz Clubs: Realities and Opportunities

Stages are silent. The survival of jazz clubs is essential to the development of emerging artists and the stability of established artists. But how will social distancing and protocols affect their survival? How are jazz clubs finding new ways to present the music and keep their doors open? What is the future of arts in cities as an essential part of both our economy and culture?

Speakers: Todd Barkan (Keystone Korner Baltimore), Mark DeNinno (Chris’ Jazz Cafe), Spike Wilner (Small’s Jazz Club, SmallsLIVE)

Moderator: Josh Jackson (Associate Gen Mgr, WRTI)

3:00 p.m. “Jazz and Protest” with Melvin Gibbs

Jazz has a history of outspoken artists expressing their outrage at injustice. From Abby Lincoln to Charles Mingus, from Nina Simone to Max Roach, artists have been willing to lend their voices to the struggle in both overt and covert ways. Melvin Gibbs will explore the lessons today’s artists can glean from  artists of the past to inform their response to social injustice. 

Speaker: Melvin Gibbs (Harriet Tubman, band)

Moderator: Tom Moon (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. One on One with the Pros Part II

Do you have nagging questions about the complex music business? Looking for advice about booking, publicity, radio? These industry pros will meet with you one on one to answer your questions. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited

4:15-4:30 p.m.

Harnessing the Human Spirit: Closing Reflections by Christian McBride

Six-time Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride will bring the 2020 Jazz Philadelphia Summit to an inspiring conclusion. The Philadelphia native has become a revered figure in jazz and has harnessed his relentless energy to push the genre forward. How can we harness the human spirit to come out of a crisis stronger than before? Hear his message of hope and vision for the future. 

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 7 p.m.

7:00 p.m.Celebrating our Hometown Heroes Watch Party

Saturday Evening Chill

  • Lili Anel 
  • Teodross Avery feat. Khemist 
  • Bethlehem The Vocussionist 
  • Lucas Brown
  • Kendrah Butler- Waters
  • Arnetta Johnson

  • Shakoor Hakeem, Ben Miller, Graham Haynes
  • Olivia Hughart Quartet
  • Michelle Lordi
  • Larry McKenna and Jazz Orchestra with Joanna Pascale
  • Ode To Omni 
  • Ursula Rucker

  • Arturo Stable
  • Ernest Stuart
  • Laurin Talese
  • Vertical Current
  • Yolanda Wisher and the Afro Eaters 
  • Bobby Zankel

with Christian McBride and Sonia Sanchez (Interview)

NPR Live Sessions, Curated by WRTI

Jazz Philadelphia is grateful for major support from the Wyncote Foundation

Thank you to our lead sponsor Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with PECO.

Thank you to our Music Sponsor WRTI.

Thank you to our Plenary and Track Sponsor PECO.

Thank to our Track Sponsors:

Thank you to our SESSION SPONSORS

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