JPIC 2017 Conference Information

Welcome to the inaugural Jazz and Philosophy Intermodal Conference (JPIC) for 2017 hosted by La Posada Hotel & Gardens, Winslow, AZ, May 5-7

The primary purpose of the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference is to promote philosophical investigations related to jazz.  You can see what some of these philosophical issues are by going on the editable Wiki website: or (same website, but easier to type).  Just click on the reddish colored hyperlink to open a tab to there.


The conference runs Friday night (6-10 pm) through Sunday morning (9:30-11:30 am) at the La Posada Hotel & Gardens in Winslow, AZ.  You can travel by Amtrak train from anywhere in the U.S. to La Posada’s back door in Winslow, AZ.  It is a restored railway hotel.

Amtrak railroad national image

Or fly in to Flagstaff Pullman Airport Just five miles south of Flagstaff. Rent a car to Winslow, an hour away. Enterprise car rental Or Budget car rental.

Or fly to the farther away airport in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (probably a cheaper flight than flying into Flagstaff). Rent a car to La Posada/Winslow, three hours away. Do some sightseeing along the way.


Supporting the conference are the
Northern Arizona University (NAU) Philosophy department and the NAU School of Music, together with our partners and hosts at La Posada, Allan Affeldt and his wife, renowned artist Tina Mion, pictured here.

NAU and Allan Affeldt

Other support comes from Philosophy in the Public Interest at NAU and the Winslow Arts Trust, and another private donor.


Please fill out the conference form on the Registration page. Just click/tap on the red colored word “Registration” to open a new tab to its page.

Conference registration fee is $100.00, but Early Bird Registration (anytime up through midnight April 5, 2017) is only $75.00 payable through PayPal.Me/JPIC2017.

Students (18 and over) currently enrolled with valid ID: $10.00. Students click here to pay via PayPal.Me/JPIC2017

Pay your JPIC 2017 Registration fee using PayPal.Me/JPIC2017.  Just click on the link to go to PayPal.Me/JPIC2017.  Please bring a printout of your PayPal.Me/JPIC2017 registration payment.

You can pick up your official JPIC 2017 Name Badge at the Registration table located in the Ballroom (see pictures below) at the start of the conference Friday night May 5 between 6 and 6:30 pm.


La Posada Hotel & Gardens has graciously agreed to hold and support the JPIC 2017 conference.  Their address is 303 E. 2nd Street, Winslow AZ, 86047 and here is a Google map.

La_Posada_plaqueLa posada front doorLa-Posada-Hotel_at_night La Posada La Posada Outdoor Patio La Posada front entrance

Conference organizers toured the hotel and EVERY room has something to offer.  Here’s the Clark Gable room first, and several others, for examples:

Clark Gable Room




La Posada four poster bed La Posada bed chair La Posada poor image

The number of celebrities who have stayed at the hotel is quite astonishing:

La Posada celebs list

The conference goes from Friday night 6-10 pm through Sunday at 11:30 am.  Check-In at the Registration table in the Ballroom from 6-6:30 pm on Friday night.  All events are being held in the Ballroom (see diagram and pictures below):

La Posada diagram

La Posada Ballroom left sideBallroom at La Posada

La Posada Ballroom right side

You should make your reservation at La Posada Hotel and Gardens right away so that you get your choice of room. Here’s a link to possible rooms at La Posada Hotel & Gardens in Winslow, AZ. The rooms highlighted in YELLOW have been reserved for the conference, but you can ask for any available room even if not highlighted.

Call 928.289.4366 and ask for available rooms for the conference all reserved under the name Dr. David Ring, one of the tri-co-chairs.  These are their standard room rates, and you can choose from any room they have that’s available.


There is an excellent restaurant located inside of La Posada called the Turquoise Room.  It is a separate business from La Posada. 

La_Posada_Turquoise_room_perspectiveTurquoise room empty LP_John_Sharpe_chef La_Posada_Turquoise_Room_LOGO

The restaurant’s chef and owner, Englishman John Sharpe (pictured above), was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2011 as best chef in the Southwest.  The restaurant is ranked #1 out of 30 restaurants to eat in in Winslow, Arizona Highways magazine rated it as one of the best 25 restaurants in Arizona, and the 2009 Condé Nast Gold List had it as one of the top three restaurants in the U.S..

Stuffed squash blossomsSquash blossoms2The Turquoise Room’s Famous Heirloom Squash Blossoms stuffed with a tamale-like concoction of corn meal and Oaxaca cheese, beer batter dipped and crispy fried, served on a bed of salsa verde with a grilled squash and roasted corn salsa and drizzled with fresh cream.  Yum!

There is plenty of steak, fresh seafood, and local produce, as well as meals for vegetarians, and excellent desserts.

All dinners include your choice of Caesar salad or the restaurant’s signature soup, a cream of corn and smooth black bean soup served side-by-side in one bowl.

Corn and black bean soup

The Caesar salad includes roasted red peppers, pumpkin seeds and Parmesan crusted tepee of the restaurant’s red chile cracker bread.

Turquoise room Caesar salad

And let’s not forget their Martini Lounge:

Closeup of martiniTurquoise Room martini lounge Drink menu


PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS for all meals you eat at the Turquoise Room because the restaurant needs to know the demand each day to prepare.  

Their telephone number: 928 289-2888 and here is a Google map of the restaurant located inside of La Posada at 305 E. 2nd Street in Winslow, AZ.

Turquoise Room Hours:  Breakfast (7-11 am), Lunch (11 am to 2 pm), Afternoon (2-4 pm), Dinner (5-9 pm)

LIVE JAZZ JAM Saturday night:

DON’T MISS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE JAZZ JAM from 8-9:45 pm in the Ballroom.

Saturday night from 8-9:45 pm conference co-chair and musical director, Dr. Charles Otwell leads live jazz with conference presenters, NAU music faculty and students, and local jazz musicians. This should be really entertaining and fun. You can see the list of possible players below. Bring your axe and join the jam, but check in with Charles first please between 7:30-8:00 pm Saturday night or if you see him earlier.


* Charles Otwell, JPIC Musical Director, (twenty plus years on tour with last ten with Poncho Sanchez’s Latin jazz band), Chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.

* Paul Rinzler, Director of Jazz Studies at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.


* Chris Finet, NAU music faculty and bass player extraordinaire.


* Ron James, Flagstaff area jazz drummer and can play on anything.


* Martin E. Rosenberg on red hot jazz guitar, Research Associate at The New Centre for Research and Practice, Grand Rapids, MI.


* Eric Lewis, McGill University philosopher and free jazz player who once played with Don Cherry.



Jazz: a powerful force for creativity and freedom.