[JPL] Detroit Jazz Fest expands interactive presence

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Sat Aug 14 10:49:32 EDT 2010


*Detroit Jazz Fest expands interactive presence*
/
SUSAN WHITALL
The Detroit News/

For years, music fans who couldn't make it to downtown Detroit over 
Labor Day weekend have bemoaned the fact that the Detroit International 
Jazz Festival was no longer aired live on Detroit TV.

This year, you'll be able to watch some performances and artist 
interviews at the jazz festival -- via your computer.

The September festival is ramping up its interactive presence with Jazz 
Planet.tv. Downtown, especially the Campus Martius Jazz Planet stage, 
will be swarming with video cameras and Skyping video journalists.

The festival will partner with Show Ads Network, Livestream.com 
<http://Livestream.com> and Detroit Public Television to offer live 
streaming of musical acts performing on the Campus Martius stage, as 
well as backstage interviews with artists, breaking news and chats with 
fans and others in and around downtown Detroit.

Festival organizers already have an active Facebook page and will use it 
and other social networking sites to interact with jazz fans around the 
world. Most of the video journalists roaming the grounds will be 
apprentices from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

Festival director Terri Pontremoli likens the festival vibe to a "Jazz 
Disneyland" and she says believes such engagement with a worldwide 
audience will help the festival attract additional financial support and 
be a boon to the jazz musicians by encouraging sales of their recorded 
music and leading to post-Jazzfest bookings. In other news:


# There will once again be a Detroit Jazz Fest iPhone app, available for 
download Aug. 23 at the iTunes store. The app will allow Jazzfest-goers 
to look at a map of the stages and see who's playing where and when, at 
a glance. An exciting bonus is that this year non-iPhone users also will 
be able to view the festival schedule of acts and map via any mobile 
phone with Internet access.


# The jazz festival's second annual Cruise for an International Cause 
embarks from GM's Wintergarden dock Aug. 19. Tickets are $150 or $250 
per person, and include cocktails, dinner and live jazz from Hot Club of 
Detroit. To buy tickets, go to detroitjazzfest.com/cruise 
<http://detroitjazzfest.com/cruise>.

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