There is a bit of a buzz surrounding next month’s San Jose Jazz SummerFest, much of it due to the fact that this year marks the event’s 25th anniversary. In recognition of that, JazzWeek magazine is holding its annual Summit in San Jose.
The JazzWeek Summit is an annual meeting that brings together jazz radio programmers, jazz record promoters, record label executives, artists, and others to focus on current issues in jazz radio. The Summit is produced by JazzWeek, the national publication that tracks weekly radio airplay of new jazz releases.
The conference will be held at the Fairmont San Jose, August 7-8, leading up to San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, which officially begins on the evening of August 8, and will include an awards banquet at The Blackbird Tavern on the evening of August 7.
San Jose Jazz is thrilled to have the JazzWeek Summit, which brings many of the nation's top radio programming and radio promotions talent, on the West Coast for the very first time – it's an honor to have key players in the jazz industry in town for the Fest. Of special note, this year's Summit features a singular panel for local artists devoted to producing jazz albums with radio airplay in mind, which musicians can attend free of charge.
The event features a number of workshops and panels.
Advanced Programming Workshop: An expert panel will lead the discussion on how to develop a disciplined playlist. Pointers will be given on how tight to make a playlist (e.g. how not to dilute your playlist, 40 new releases vs. 90, frequency of rotation, singles vs. entire albums, how often to repeat a track, etc.).
Radio Promotions 2014: Join a round-table discussion regarding strategies to better communicate with each other.
The Art of the Interview: An example of a radio interview will be conducted with a music industry veteran and/or an artist. A discussion will then ensue on the finer points of the interview process.
Record Production with Radio in Mind: How can promising artists produce an album that will be most appealing to radio, with the goal in mind to get radio airplay? What are the pitfalls, and what are the pointers? A panel of distinguished radio programmers and promoters will lead a discussion geared towards artists aspiring to make their first album, or to improve upon their previous releases in this regard. The discussion will include both instrumental and vocal albums.
JazzWeek Town Hall: Once again, we wrap things up with a true "round table" discussion that many past attendees have felt is the most productive part of the entire Summit.
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