[jja-announce] Jazz Matters, NYC, April 20

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Mon Apr 18 14:34:45 EDT 2005

Jazz Matters in NY will be: 
Wednesday, April 20 
The New School 
55 West 13th St 5th Floor 
FREE and open to the public 

Jazz Future New York, the Purveyor's Perspective 

The future of New York jazz from the point of views of those who present it: 

Panelists will be 

Melissa Scott has been a principal of Tonic, the experiment-friendly music 
club on the Lower East Side which, originally in consultation with John Zorn, 
has presented Steve Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra, ensembles led by 
Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, William Parker, Susie Ibarra, brass festivals 
curated by Dave Douglas, duets between Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith, and 
others way too numerous to mention. 

Bruce Lee Gallanter has been a constant supporter of new jazz and new music 
in New York and far beyond as principal of the record store Downtown Music 
Gallery (originally at 5th Street between Bowery and 2nd Avenue, now on Bowery at 
Great Jones street), which inventories new and used, indepedent and import 
cds. He has developed an innovative collaboration with John Zorn in the 
development of Stone, a music-dedicated performance space at 4th and C; Gallanter will 
direct distribution of recordings from the space, which will be a main source 
of financial support as the club does not serve food or beverages. 

Alexa Birdsong emerged as a creative, savvy booking director under the 
auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and after a period stewarding programs at Aaron 
Davis Hall at City University of New York, took on responsibilities for Central 
Park Summerstage (celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer), music at 
Prospect Park and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park (Harlem) 
and Tompkins Square Park (the East Village). 

Brice Rosenbloom is an enthusiast of music without boundaries, having 
presented performers and groups beyond genre distinctions at Makor, been an early 
hire of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he was charged with booking new and unusual 
artists, then winding up at the Knitting Factory, where he organized mini-jazz 
fests simultaneously in three performance spaces during last January's 
conference of Association of Performing Arts Presenters and, upcoming, on June 21 in 
collaboration with the JVC Jazz Festival New York. 

Todd Barkan was the owner, manager, and programmer/promoter of the legendary 
San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner from 1972-1983 and has been producing 
jazz records and concert performances since 1964, as well as working as a 
booking agent, artist manager, and tour coordinator during the same period. Todd 
also worked as the manager of the Boys Choir of Harlem from 1985-1990, the 
artistic programmer of Keystone Korner Tokyo (Japan) from 1991-1993, and director 
of 32 Records New York 1999-2000. Since January 2001, Todd has worked as an 
artistic administrator at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he currently works as 
Artistic Manager of Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Todd is nominated in the JJA Awards 
2005 as producer of the year. 

David R. Adler, editor of JJA's Jazz Notes and a columnist for allaboutjazz 
covering the club and concert scene for them, will serve as moderator. 

If you need further info, please contact Jazz Matters co-producer Lois 
Gilbert at lois at jazzcorner.com

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