For those of you who are unfamiliar with the annual South By South West Conference in Austin, Texas (this year between March 16th-March 20th), it is one of the biggest gatherings of music industry professionals, artists, journalists, and music lovers who congregate in the middle of the downtown area, and take over hundreds of little venues to make/listen to/and bask in music, music and more music.

The hundreds of performances—and let’s be real—parties overlapping each other from dusk till dawn, surprisingly does not overshadow another very crucial component to the week—the interactive/panel segment. This part of the conference supplements the fun with educational and business directed discussions presented by some of the industry’s biggest music trailblazers and moguls, sharing their expertise, as well as dissecting certain areas of special interest.

This year at SXSW, Revive Music Group has been invited to speak on a panel hosted by Miles Davis Properties, LLC entitled “The Intersection of Hip-Hop and Jazz” on Wednesday March 16th at 3:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, Room 16.  We first worked with Vince Wilburn (Miles’ nephew), Erin Davis (Miles’ son) and Karen Sundell (Rogers and Cowan) on the College Music Journal (CMJ) panel at the 40th Anniversary of Bitches Brew tribute event, and again on the monumental launch of our The Revivalist on October 26th with the Bitches Brew Theme. Bitches Brew, the album, represented paradigm shift in popular music, melding the best of subcultural movements to birth a new generation. To us at Revive, who have been witnessing the changes of tides in the industry in the past several years, particularly in the sharing of idioms within jazz and hip-hop, what happened then is very similar to the colliding of cultures now. Maybe colliding isn’t the right word, the collaborate spirit marrying jazz and hip-hop is really is the force at play now.

To get a sneak peek of the panel, listen to Vince Wilburn, Erin Davis & Karen Sundell discuss hip-hop & jazz for an exclusive audio interview for the Revivalist:
Interview: Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn – Part 1 by The Revivalist
Interview: Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn – Part 2 by The Revivalist

Meghan Stabile (Founder/President of Revive Music Group), will be presenting on the panel moderated by Brian “Raydar” Ellis (Revive’s resident creative mastermind) on “The Intersection of Hip-Hop and Jazz.” They will share the roundtable discussion with Vince and Erin, as well as DJ Logic, and Andre Torres (Founder/Publisher of Wax Poetics). We are at the center of a musical crossroads. To have a large music institution like SXSW allow for this topic to be presented amongst the largest movers and shakers of the industry is a great preview to how this thing will bust the world open, revealing layers of what is unearthed and new, using old ingredients.



2 Replies to "The Intersection of Hip-Hop and Jazz Panel at SXSW"
March 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

So they don’t bother to program any jazz at SXSW, only talk about it in panel discussions. That’s what it is, I guess …

Bruce says:
March 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

Excellent avant garde jazz act played tonight at the Presbyterian Church. Serpentine, led by a Norweigian composer. Three tenors, drums and a Moog bass. Terrific, but short set. Could have listened to these guys all night long.

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