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2020 Jazz Congress Dates Announced

New York, New York, United States

Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes today announced the dates for the 2020 Jazz Congress, a conference which brings together members of the global jazz community to network, as well as grow the audience for the music. The annual gathering also seeks to nurture businesses and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support jazz.

The third annual Jazz Congress will take place on January 13 & 14, 2020 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

Registration opens on August 1, 2019. Conference keynote address and schedule of panels, workshops, meetings and performances will be announced soon.

In addition to hosting sessions designed by conference organizers, Jazz Congress invites the community at large to submit session ideas through a simple online application. Individuals can submit one session idea and must confirm at least one other panelist to be considered. As session dates and times cannot be guaranteed, proposed panelists are encouraged to attend both days of Jazz Congress. The deadline to submit panel ideas is August 15, 2019. Jazz Congress organizers will notify accepted entries by September 15, 2019.

As in 2019, the Jazz Congress Advisory Board will provide valuable input from the jazz community on the programming and marketing of the conference. The Jazz Congress Advisory Board, which is still in formation, includes Gene Dobbs Bradford, Stefon Harris, Tim Jackson, Karen Kennedy, Don Lucoff, Denny Stilwell and Helen Sung.

To register for 2020 Jazz Congress, for more information and to submit a panel, go to the Jazz Congress website.

Registration Rates and Dates

  • Early Bird Registration: August 1 – September 15, 2019
  • Two Day Pass: $125
  • Priority Registration: September 16 – October 31, 2019
  • Two Day Pass: $175
  • Single Day Pass: $125
  • Regular Registration: November 1 – December 31, 2019
  • Two Day Pass: $200
  • Single Day Pass: $150
  • January Registration: January 1, 2020 onward
  • Two Day Pass: $250
  • Single Day Pass: $200
  • Student Tickets:
  • 50% discount at any time. Must show valid student ID at registration.


Special accommodation rates, from $109 and up, for 2020 Jazz Congress attendees are available at the Empire Hotel, located at 44 W. 63rd Street, just a few blocks from Jazz at Lincoln Center and across the street from Lincoln Center.

Previous Jazz Congress conferences, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, have drawn upwards of 1,100 attendees from all over the world and have featured speakers including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vijay Iyer, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider, George Wein, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo O’Farrill, Gary Bartz, and Jennifer Leitham. An annual highlight is the keynote session and presentation of The Bruce Lundvall Award on the afternoon of the first day of the event.

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