Streaming Options for Jazz Heads!

Last month, after releasing our report on Developing Jazz and Classical Audiences with Technology, NPR reported on findings from the ongoing Jazz Audiences Initiative project. Both studies have suggested that social networking sites and Internet music discovery tools often play a key role in developing younger audiences for jazz. With the recent U.S. launch of streaming service, Spotify, there has been much discussion about the usefulness and economic sustainability of 'On-Demand' platforms. While streaming content can be a powerful audience development tool, many are concerned that users are becoming more and more accustomed to free content. Today, I wanted to give a quick overview of three jazz specific presenting organizations and festivals who have launched 'streaming' and 'on-demand' platforms.

1. Smalls Jazz Club :

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   Smalls is one of New York's premiere jazz clubs, boasting full line-ups just about every night of the week. The club regularly streams concerts      on its webpage from 7:30-closing time.

2. Newport Jazz Festival:

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The Newport Jazz Festival has always been on the forefront when it comes to jazz festivals. This past year's festival was no different, as the lineup was mainly "anti-headliners", featuring many up-and-coming musicians. While the jazz festival hasn't been as successful in the past as its sister folk festival, founder George Wein continues to  experiment and push the boundaries. Both the jazz and folk festivals were live streamed and archived. The complete archive can be accessed at NPR's website.

3. The Checkout: Live from 92Y:

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The Checkout is a new series created by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO’s hour-long music magazine The Checkout, who is widely recognized as an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Curated by Jackson in conjunction with 92YTribeca, The Checkout: Live features some of the most exciting and innovative players on the NYC scene for monthly concerts that will are broadcast live on WBGO as well as streamed on WBGO.org. Portions will also be recorded for future broadcast and podcast as part of The Checkout. Performances are also archived at NPR.org/music. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, please visit their website.