Live Jazz at The Institute of Jazz Studies
The Institute of Jazz Studies opens its fall season of Jazz Research Roundtables with Presenting Live Jazz on Wednesday, September 27, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Dana Room located on the fourth floor of the Dana Library. This event is free and open to the public.
This roundtable will feature three seasoned women who share decades of experience in presenting live jazz in New York: Lynne Mueller, Alina Bloomgarden and Stephanie Stein Crease.
Mueller, working with volunteers from the Saint Peter’s Church and the jazz community, took the lead in organizing two of the Jazz Church's signature events: Prez Fest (now discontinued) and All Nite Soul. She also organizes the church's popular summer series, Jazz on the Plaza. Mueller has long been involved with The Duke Ellington Society, serving as its president in the 1990s.
Bloomgarden was director of visitor services at Lincoln Center in 1987 when she started a three-concert jazz program, titled Classical Jazz. Her original aim was to take advantage of off-nights in August. The concerts not only filled seats, but brought in a younger, more affluent audience to Lincoln Center. It was around this time that Bloomgarden reached out to Wynton Marsalis and the rest is history. Her latest project, Music on the Inside, reunited Bloomgarden and Marsalis to connect incarcerated and court-mandated youth and adult inmates with seasoned musicians to offer learning opportunities, mentorship and connections through the rehabilitative power of music.
Crease, senior jazz coordinator at the Manhattan School of Music, has had a varied career in jazz over decades. Crease has worked in recording and reissue projects, such as the Grammy Award winning set, the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition (BMG/RCA) as well as contributing ti the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz and the Oxford Companion Guide to Jazz. She is the author of Gil Evans: Out of the Cool: His Life and Music (2003).