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December, 16, 2021
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


W 192


Frank Alkyer

Frank Alkyer

The Midwest Jazz Interview

Clinic Synopsis:

Downbeat Magazine will interview Jazz Musician, Composer, Trumpeter, Educator, and Activist Sean Jones. Prominently featured on the 2007 Grammy Award-winning album "Turned to Blue " by Nancy Wilson, Jones has performed with many significant figures in jazz, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. He was selected by Mr. Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter for their "A Tribute to Miles" tour in 2011.

Frank Alkyer - Biographical Information

Frank Alkyer is the editor and publisher of DownBeat magazine, the world’s leading jazz publication. Under his direction, DownBeat has transitioned from a quality print magazine publisher to producing print and digital editions, websites, books and e-newsletters that are distributed around the globe. He has served as an adjunct professor of journalism and a television host as well as being a featured speaker and moderator at variety of  industry events including Best In Show at NAMM shows and The Midwest Jazz Interview at the Midwest Clinic. He is a founding board member of Jazz Alliance International and the Jazz Education Network and has served as an advisory board member of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival. In 2018, he received the Jazz Legends Award from the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland and the Chicago Jazz Institute’s Irma J. Pickens Outstanding Jazz Advocate award. Alkyer also serves as the president of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines — those, along with DownBeat, are produced by Maher Publications, based in Elmhurst, Ill.