CONFERENCE NEWS: IAJE Set For Long Beach January 5-8 & Goldstruck, Knowles, Zelnick, Brummel And Freiberg To Speak At CMW

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The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) returns to Long Beach, CA to hold its 32nd Annual Conference January 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Recognized as the largest annual gathering of the global jazz community, upwards of 8,000 musicians, educators, industry executives and students from 45 countries are expected to attend. The 31st IAJE Conference was held in New York City and will return there in 2006 and 2007. Toronto will host the conference in 2008.

"We are delighted to bring the IAJE Conference back to the U.S. West Coast, which played such an important role in the evolution of jazz," said IAJE Executive Director Bill McFarlin. "The 2005 Conference promises to be our largest and most diverse to date, with a myriad of concerts and sessions of interest to anyone involved in the performance, teaching, presentation, or business of jazz."

Confirmed artists, clinicians and honorees to date for the conference program include: Herbie Hancock with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, Kenny Burrell Quintet, Geri Allen Trio, Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth, George Duke, James Morrison, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Gerald Wilson Orchestra with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clayton Brothers Quintet, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Billy Taylor, Eldar Djangirov, Yellowjackets, The Bad Plus, Bud Shank, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Gordon Goodwin, Charlie Haden, Mercedes Ellington, Eric Marienthal, Diane Schuur, Caribbean Jazz Project featuring Dave Samuels, Vanessa Rubin, Alan Pasqua Collective, Bob Florence, Michael Wolff, Bobby Sanabria, Ruben Alvarez, Carl Allen, Rachel Z, Sammy Nestico, Jason Marsalis, Rebecca Parris, Tierney Sutton, The Gordon Goodwin "Big Phat Band," Marcus Roberts, Kitty Margolis, Monica Mancini and James Garrison.


A number of top school ensembles are confirmed to perform at the conference, which includes groups from Kazakhstan, Australia, UK, Canada, Sweden, Israel, South Africa and the U.S. Among the school groups set to perform: The Almaty Youth Jazz Center, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Garfield High School, Seattle, WA; The Brisbane All Star Youth Band, Australia; New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL; The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, Givatayim, Israel; and the University of Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa.

Jazz Education as always will be at the heart of the conference agenda, with approximately 125 clinics and workshops with topics and subjects such as jazz history, improvisation, technology, composition, arranging, performance techniques and teacher training.

The International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO) and the IAJE will present the fourth annual International Jazz Award. Revised in 2004 to recognize a rising artist who has yet to sign a major record contract, the award includes a $5,000 prize. Additionally, the award offers the opportunity to tour a minimum of six IJFO member festivals during the summer, as well as career counseling and support. English pianist Matthew Bourne will receive the 2005 award. IFJO is made up of the following major jazz festivals: Jazzfest Wien (Vienna, Austria); Festival International Jazz De Montreal (Montreal, Canada); Pori Jazz (Pori, Finland); Jazz A Vienne (Vienne, France); Umbria Jazz (Perugia, Italy); North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague, The Netherlands); Molde International Jazz Festival (Molde, Norway); Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival (Vitoria, Spain); Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland); International Istanbul Jazz Festival (Istanbul, Turkey); Vancouver International Jazz Festival (British Columbia, Canada); Monterey Jazz Festival (California, USA); London Jazz Festival (London, England), and the Ravinia Festival (Illinois, USA).

The conference host radio station KKJZ, along with WBGO Jazz 88 and the Chicago-based program Miles Ahead, will have daily live broadcasts.

The 5th Annual IAJE Gala Dinner, scheduled January 5 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, will honor Herbie Hancock with the IAJE President's Award and Dr. Warrick Carter with the Lawrence Berk Leadership Award. Hosted by Nancy Wilson, all proceeds from the Gala will benefit the IAJE Global Outreach Fund. The IAJE President's Award, which honors an individual for their extraordinary contributions to the field of jazz education, was presented to Wynton Marsalis in 2004, Dr. Oscar Peterson in 2003, Quincy Jones in 2002 and Ken Burns in 2001.

Among the conference highlights will be a special musical tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim featuring his son Paulo Jobim, with special guests Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, John Pizzarelli, Oscar Castro-Neves, Brian Bromberg and David Liebman. Paulo Jobim will also present a session during the conference on the Brazilian based Jobim Institute, which works to preserve the legacy of Antonio Carlos Jobim and save the Amazon Rainforest.>

The IAJE Conference will also host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Jazz Masters Awards Concert for the 15th consecutive year on January 7. Chairman Dana Gioia recently announced that seven living legends of American music are joining the ranks of the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2005 NEA Jazz Masters are: guitarist Kenny Burrell; clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera; arranger-composer Slide Hampton; vocalist Shirley Horn; big band leader Artie Shaw; keyboardist Jimmy Smith; and jazz advocate George Wein. Hosted by noted jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, the awards ceremony and concert will feature the Gerald Wilson Jazz Orchestra with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Billy Taylor, and the Geri Allen Trio with special guests James Moody and Chico Hamilton.

Other conference highlights will include performances by the Sisters In Jazz Collegiate All-Stars, winners of the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition, and the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship Recipients (supported in part by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts), and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Star Big Band. The world premiere of the Herb Albert Jazz Endowment Awards, Gil Evans Commission, and the ASCAP/IAJE Commissions will also be presented during the conference. Dr. Robert Morgan will be inducted into the IAJE Hall of Fame and composer and pianist Frank Mantooth will be awarded the IAJE Humanitarian Award posthumously.

A 75,000 sq. ft. music industry exposition will round out the conference with upwards of 300 exhibits representing a diverse mix of companies including festivals, publishers, manufacturers, agencies, schools, and record companies. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Goldstruck, Knowles, Zelnick, Brummel And Freiberg To Speak At CMW


(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Canadian Music Week (CMW) has scheduled five Internationally acclaimed industry professionals who are slated to speak at the 2005 CMW Executive Conference at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto in Toronto March 3-5.

Charles Goldstuck, president and chief operating officer of BMG North America, will deliver a keynote address to CMW delegates on March 4. Goldstuck is responsible for overseeing the business operations of the RCA Music Group, including RCA Records, J Records, Arista Records; the Zomba Label group which incorporates Jive Records, LaFace Records and So So Def Records; and the RCA Victor Group. Goldstuck will share his views on the state of the industry and address issues including piracy, the future of the CD, publishing rights for digital distribution, DRM and the cautious anticipation of new markets.

Mathew Knowles, the manager of Destiny's Child, is the president of Music World Entertainment/Sanctuary Urban Group, Inc. As executive producer on every Destiny's Child album and single released to-date, he has overseen 13 #1 singles in the U.S. alone. In a keynote interview on March 5, Knowles will share his secrets to managing one of the most successful "girl groups" in the history of pop music, his latest ventures with urban artists in the UK and his new record label.

A noted visionary in his field, Strauss Zelnick is a recognized leader in the media and entertainment industries, having held top executive positions in recorded music, television, video, motion picture and entertainment software industries. Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Strauss served as president and chief executive officer of BMG Entertainment, where he managed one of the world's largest music and entertainment companies with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries, as well as one of the leading music publishing companies and the world's largest music club. Zelnick will discuss the future of the entertainment industry, where it's been, and how it's changing. He will speak on March 3.

Victory Records CEO Tony Brummel will be interviewed by Bob Lefsetz, author of the industry-wide e-zine The Lefsetz Letter, in a fireside chat at CMW 2005. Victory Records is unique as a truly independent label that's thriving amongst the major labels. Brummel will address the future of the industry and how a label like his can exist and show continued annual growth without considerable support from commercial radio and MTV, or a strategic alliance with one of the majors. The keynote will take place on March 4.

Jackie Freiberg is among the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today. Co-author of Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success and Guts! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business as Usual. Freiberg will deliver a keynote address on March 3. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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