Photos by Arnold Goodman
A great event, APAP brings the music community together, enabling musicians, booking agents and concert promoters from all over the globe to network. APAP includes the Winter Jazz festival and Jazz Connect which all happen together, making New York City the place to be the first weekend of January. For me, the reward was walking through the massive Expo Hall, the networking and meeting many music professionals.
Over at booker Ted Kurland’s booth, where Kurland’s master agent Nick Venti held down the fort, we spent time with Glen Knight from Universal Attractions, and Dan Hincks, owner of the Infinity Hall in Connecticut who was there with his team, Jack Forchette and Nicholas Dispragna. We networked with Bob Birk from Paradise Artists Agency and the wonderful Wendy Kay from Utopia Artists, which is based in Jupiter, FL, and many others meeting up and learning at the Expo Hall.
Musicians Jeff Ganz, Sonny Rollins’ guitarist Saul Rubin, Eli Cook, an interesting blues guitar player from Virginia and George Cruze World Music tour manager also roamed the Expo Hall, showing just a little taste of the diversity found at APAP.
Showcases were held all over the City: at the New York Hilton, B.B. King’s Blues Club, City Winery, the Cutting Room, the Iridium and the Highline Ballroom, to name a few.
The act that caught my ear the most was Ms. Cynthia Sayer, a banjo player/vocalist with a modern swing style.
As always, the APAP convention is not to be missed.