By Matt Micucci
Brice Rosenbloom will receive the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award on the opening day of the Jazz Connect Conference on Thursday, January 14, 2016, as part of the keynote session.
Brice Rosenbloom is the founder of the BOOM Collective and organizer of Winter Jazzfest, the Undead Music Festival, the BRIC Jazz Festival and other innovative live events, as well as the director of Le Poisson Rouge – the music venue and multimedia cabaret in New York City founded in 2008 by Justin Kantor and David Handler.
Rosenbloom will be the second recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, which was created in 2014 in honor of the esteemed jazz record executive who was a champion advocate for so many jazz artists over the last four decades, such as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker and Norah Jones among many others. He was also the head of Blue Note Records, as well as the classical music Angel Records and adult pop label Manhattan Records.
The annual award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and vision in expanding the audience for jazz, and who have made a real difference for the artists, the music and the audience.
The first recipient of the award was SFJAZZ founder and executive director Randall Kline. This was not only based on his long career as a jazz presenter and champion, but also on the herculian task of establishing the SFJAZZ Center, considered the first free-standing building in America built for jazz performance and education, back in 2013.
Rosenbloom is a graduate of Northwestern University and has worked with SFJAZZ, Central Park SummerStage, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MAKOR/92ndStreet Y and the Knitting Factory before launching BOOM Collective, formerly known as boomBOOM Presents, in the fall of 2006. BOOM Collective is an organization that brings a broad array of live music to thousands of New Yorkers every year around the city, and has been instrumental in programming concerts at various venues and festivals, including NYC Winter Jazzfest, Undead Music Festival, Jazz & Colors at The Met, Jazz & Colors Central Park, BRIC Jazzfest, The Town Hall, The Apollo Theater, Central Park SummerStage and many more.
In 2008, he was appointed as music director at Le Poisson Rouge. There, he helped launch the programming vision for the new West Village venue at the site of the former Village Gate.
Trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein will introduce Rosenbloom during the key note session at the Jazz Connect Conference. The two met through the New York music scene in late 90’s. Bernstein has called Rosenbloom “a true believer”.
The Jazz Connect Conference is organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition. It will be held January 14-15, 2006 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City and will lead into the annual Assosiation of Performing Arts Presenters Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. This year marks the fourth year of the Conference, which will continue to focus on the vital issues affecting the jazz community, through a series of panels and workshops dealing with such topics as social media, jazz in the mainstream media, booking & touring strategies, streaming and downloading issues, the role of education for artists & organisattions and many other engaging subjects.