Series of workshops, panels and events on
January 8-9, 2015
will address important issues and
trends in the jazz community

The Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, announced the dates and location for the annual gathering of the jazz community in 2015.  The conference will be held January 8-9, 2015 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City and will lead into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.  Now in its third year, the conference will continue to focus on vital issues affecting the jazz community carrying on the format and momentum from the January 2014 event which had over 800 registrants.

Moderators and panelists will again include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals from around the world.  Early Bird Registration is only $75 until September 30, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations.

The Jazz Connect Conference is organized by Peter Gordon of the Jazz Forward Coalition and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, with assistance and input from over a dozen industry professionals.  With a theme of “Strength Through Community” the conference will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for 12 workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on a variety of timely subjects to engage, stimulate and challenge the registrants.  JazzTimes is the official publication for the event.

The Jazz Connect Conference was one of the pre-conferences tied to APAP, but due to the large number of attendees, the conference moved from its location for the last three years at the Hilton New York to nearby Saint Peter’s Church.  Located at 54th & Lexington, Saint Peter’s provides a unique setting for this gathering of the jazz community.  The church has a long history of supporting and affiliating with jazz, going back to 1965 when the Reverend John Gensel created the Jazz Ministry.  The church will be providing the conference with multiple and spacious multi-purpose rooms, including a black box theater, for the workshop and panel sessions.

Panel and workshop topics will be announced soon, but the Conference has left a time slot open for a “Community Choice” panel.  If you have a topic that you think would be interesting to the jazz community, email it to and put “Community Choice” in the subject line.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail or go to the conference website.

To pre-register for the conference, go to the event page.

To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference program with JazzTimes, contact Miene Smith at 617-706-9092 or