[jja-announce] Re-sending Jazz Matters

dawnsingh dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com
Mon Jan 24 06:08:54 EST 2005

CONTACT:	Dawn Singh
		dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com

Jazz Journalists Association Presents Jazz Matters:"Artists Copyright 
vs. Corporate Copyright"

	The Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit organization, 
will present a panel of experts who specialize in copyright issues on 
Wednesday, February 16, from 6-8 pm at the New School Jazz 
Performance Space, 55 W. 13th St. in New York.  The event is free and 
open to the public and is the first in a series of four presentations 
planned for Spring, 2005.  Panelists include Gary Giddins, author of 
"Weatherbird" (Oxford University Press) and former jazz critic for 
the Village Voice; Jonny King, Copyright and Trademark Attorney, jazz 
musician and author of "What Jazz Is" (Walker 1997); Norman 
Schreiber, former Vice President of Contracts, American Society of 
Authors and Journalists and 25-year veteran magazine journalist; and 
Gail W. Boyd, President of Gail W. Boyd, P.C. and Gail Boyd Artist 

	Ongoing developments in intellectual property law continue to 
highlight the debate over the rights of artists, the entertainment 
industry, the media and the public to gain access to and use creative 
works.  Recent cases regarding peer-to-peer file sharing on the 
internet, an author's right of attribution, and the extended term of 
copyright protection have all touched on the sensitive allocation of 
rights among those who create works, those who exploit them, and 
those who seek to enjoy them.  This panel has selected knowledgeable 
commentators from the legal, artistic and journalistic community to 
discuss the struggle to protect and encourage creative authors while 
guaranteeing the public access to their creative output.

	Nearly 25 years ago, Martin Williams called Gary Giddins 
"probably the mos timpressive journalist ever to have written about 
music." Born in Brooklyn, New York, Giddins graduated from Grinnell 
College in Iowa, and began working as a freelance writer the 
following year. In 1973, he joined the Village Voice, and a year 
later introduced his column "Weather Bird," which he ended in 
December 2003, closing a 30-year run during which he received 
international recognition and won many prizes, including an 
unparalleled six ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for Excellence in Music 

           Giddins' writings on music, books, and movies have appeared 
in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, Grand 
Street, The Nation, and many other publications. He presently writes 
music columns for Jazz Times and Tracks, and about movies for the New 
York Sun. His first book, Riding on a Blue Note, appeared in 1981, 
and was followed by Rhythm-a-Ning, Faces in the Crowd, and critical 
biographies of Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong that he adapted 
into documentary films for PBS; he subsequently won a Peabody award 
for writing the PBS documentary, John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to 
Bruce Springsteen. He won a 1987 Grammy Award for his liner notes to 
Sinatra: The Voice, and was nominated on two other occasions.

	In 1986, Giddins and the late pianist-composer John Lewis 
introduced the American Jazz Orchestra, which presented jazz 
repertory concerts for seven years-in all, more than 35 concerts. He 
also produced four concerts for Festival Productions at the JVC Jazz 

	In 1998, his classic Visions of Jazz received the National 
Book Critics Circle Award in criticism--the first time a work on jazz 
has won a major American literary prize. In 2001, he was featured in 
Ken Burns's Jazz and published his widely acclaimed biography, Bing 
Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, which won four prizes, including the 
Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the Theater Library Association 
Award for the year's best book on film and broadcasting. Giddins has 
held teaching posts at Columbia University, University of 
Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and New York University. In 2003, he received 
a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Journalist's Association. 
His current book, Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second 
Century, a collection of essays and reviews written between 1990 and 
2003, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2004. 
Oxford will publish a selection of his film and literary writings in 

	Jonny King is a working professional jazz musician and a 
copyright and trademark attorney in New York City.  King has 25 years 
experience as a touring musician, composer and arranger.  He has been 
a member of the Joshua Redman Quartet, OTB and the Eddy Harris Group 
and has also led his own bands in major New York City venues.  His 
compositions may be heard on albums featuring many of today's major 
performers and he was previously been signed to Enja Records and 
Crisscross Records, with his Enja recordings earning 4 1/2 stars from 
Downbeat Magazine. 

	A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, 
King is a practicing intellectual property attorney at Cowan, 
Liebowitz & Latman, one of the country's oldest and most established 
IP boutiques.  King has represented clients in various industries, 
from music to consumer products and pharmaceuticals.  He has been 
closely involved in a number of ground breaking disputes regarding 
the use of music on the internet.  King is the author of articles and 
regarding intellectual property and wrote "What Jazz Is" (Walker 
1997), a primer in jazz from a musician's point of view.

	Norman Schreiber is past Vice President of Contracts for the 
American Society of Authors and Journalists and a 25-year veteran 
magazine journalist and author of "The Ultimate Guide to Independent 
Record Labels and Artists," among other works.

	Gail W. Boyd is President of Gail W. Boyd, P.C., an 
entertainment law firm, and Gail Boyd Artist Management, a wholly 
owned company of the law firm.  She is a graduate of DePaul 
University and DePaul University School of Law.  She was a founding 
partner in Boyd Staton and Cave, the first African American female 
law firm in New York.   Boyd has specialized in entertainment law 
since 1976 and in jazz since 1979.

	Boyd is the former Vice Chair of the Entertainment, Sports, 
Art Law Committee of the National Bar Association.  She also chaired 
the Entertainment, Sport, Art Law Committee of the Metropolitan Black 
Bar Association and served as a member of the New York State Bar 
Association's Committee on Entertainment Law.  Boyd is an attorney 
and board member of the International Women in Jazz and served as a 
member of the Jazz Jam Committee of the National Association of 
Recording, Arts and Sciences.

	In 1968, Boyd had the privilege of acting as production 
coordinator for Quincy Jones producing a concert in Central Park. 
She has also served as production coordinator for more than ten jazz 
CD and recently co-produced a gospel album for the choir of Emmanuel 
Baptist Church.

	As a lawyer, Boyd has represented Betty Carter, Tommy 
Flanagan, Kenny Barron, and Randy Weston.  Artists currently 
represented by Gail Boyd Artist Management are:  John Clayton; the 
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; the Clayton Brothers Quintet; Don 
Braden; Terri Lyne Carrington; Babatunde Lea; Bujo Kevin Jones, and 
Elio Villafranca.

	The Jazz Journalists Association is a 501 (c) 3 
not-for-profit organization of internationally-based writers, 
editors, photographers, broadcasters and media specialists who 
institute collegial and educational programs for the appreciation, 
documentation and promulgation of jazz. As of January 2005, JJA 
comprises more than 400 members, mostly in the US and Canada, but 
also in Australia, Europe, the UK, Japan, Mexico, Moscow, South 
Africa and South America.  For more information, see the JJA website 
at www.jazzhouse.org.
For more information on the Jazz Journalists Association or the Jazz 
Matters panel on February 16, contact Dawn Singh, 857-544-0739 or 
dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com.

	The next Jazz Matters Panel will be Wednesday, March 23. 
Lois Gilbert is Jazz Matters Producer and Owner of Jazzcorner.com 
(www.jazzcorner.com)  Contact her at:  lois at jazzcorner.com.

JPEG available:
Gary Giddins

Dawn Singh
Dawn Singh Publicity
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Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-395-7743  (f)
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