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Elliot Roberts to be Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Elliot Roberts to be Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Wed., Feb. 28
The Jazz & Heritage Center
Free Admission; RSVP here

The longtime music manager Elliot Roberts, whose current and former clients include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Talking Heads and the Eagles, will be interviewed by Tom Petty biographer Warren Zanes in a special presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Jazz & Heritage Center.

The interview is being added to a previously scheduled Sync Up conference workshop on “How to Book a Tour,” which features the managers Tavia Osbey (Tank and the Bangas) and Mousa Hamdan (Curren$y, Corner Boy P.) and the artists Lou Hill (Water Seed) and Paul Sanchez.

The Elliot Roberts-Warren Zanes interview is presented in collaboration with the Trombone Shorty Foundation's  Fredman Music Business Institute and the GRAMMY Museum's Public Programs Series,

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116). Admission is free but seating is limited; RSVP here.

Elliot Roberts has helped to guide the careers of many of the most important figures in modern American music. Starting with Joni Mitchell in 1967, Roberts has been the manager of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Devo, Tracy Chapman, Mazzy Star, Jamiroquai and many others. He notably formed partnerships with other music industry leaders, such as David Geffen (whom Roberts met while working in the mail room of the William Morris Agency in the 1960s) and Tony Dimitriades.

Warren Zanes is best known for his 2015 book “Petty: The Biography.” Since 2008 he has been the executive director of Steven van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. In the early 1980s he was a member (with his brother, Dan Zanes) of the rock band the Del Fuegos. He later lived in New Orleans and attended Loyola University before getting a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He has been vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and has worked on high-profile projects such as Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary about George Harrison. He continues to teach (at New York University) and to make music (his most recent album is “I Want to Move Out in the Daylight").

The conversation between Roberts and Zanes is part of a collaboration between the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Sync Up conference, the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s Fredman Music Business Institute and the GRAMMY Museum's Public Programs Series.

The Trombone Shorty Foundation perpetuates the musical heritage of New Orleans through education, instruction, mentorship and performance to prepare young, underserved musicians for success in music and in life. The Foundation established The Trombone Shorty Music Academy in 2013 and added the Fredman Music Business Institute in 2014. The programs offer quality music performance and music business education to motivated high school students by nurturing their talent and allowing them to prepare for a career in music.

Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming. For more, see


The Sync Up conference is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Co-sponsors include Louisiana Entertainment, The Recording Academy, the Trombone Shorty Foundation, WWOZ and Toledano Entertainment and Arts Law.

Upcoming Sync Up Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Keynote Interview: Elliot Roberts in conversation with Warren Zanes

Panel Discussion: Booking a Tour: Where to start. Do’s and don’ts.
Tavia Osbey, manager, Tank and the Bangas
Mousa Hamdan, manager, Curren$y, Corner Boy P., T.Y.
Paul Sanchez, performing artist
Lou Hill, band leader, Water Seed

Wednesday, March 21
Band Web Sites: What makes a good one? Which template services are the best? How much should you spend?
Lee Martin, web designer (Foo Fighters, Beck)
Brandon Haynes, web designer, Nola Web Team
Brandon Shelling, web designer at Ochsner Health System

Wednesday, April 11
How Much to Spend on a Music Video and How to Afford It
Darcy McKinnon, New Orleans Video Access Center
Jason Foster, FosterBear Films
Steven W. Richardson, Mobile Recording LA
Benjamin Simmons, Breathe Media
Zac Manuel, The Greenhouse Collective

Wednesday, May 16
Social Media Strategies: Social media platforms. What, when  and how often to post. What not to post. Engaging an audience and gaining followers. Generating revenue. Understanding analytics.
Plus Aziz, Marketing Manager, Propeller and Tchoup Industries
Mallory Whitfield, Director of Marketing, Lookfar
Whitney Mitchell, Social Media Director, FSC Interactive
Tania Dall, Director of Communications, Youth Empowerment Project
Cleveland Spears, the Spears Group

Wednesday, June 27
Your Band As A Business” Interview with Samantha Fish, performing artist

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest (and other raised funds) for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. The Foundation also produces the Sync Up Conference, a music business development and networking series of informative dicussions during Jazz Fest and throughout the year. For more, see and

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.