Lois Gilbert is social media manager for the DC Jazz Festival. Gilbert founded JazzCorner.com in 1996: the largest portal of official websites for hundreds of musicians and organizations on the internet, as a way to unify the jazz community. JazzCorner.com has been cited by the “New York Times,” “The LA Times,” and other major publications as one of the top 10 premier destinations for jazz on the Internet. JazzCorner.com currently enjoys over 180,000 unique visitors a month. JazzCorner's podcasts were named "Best Music Podcast" by Southwest Airlines. Since 2012, Gilbert has spearheaded the social media and coordinates the online presence for International Jazz Day (April 30) including the YouTube annual All-Star Global Concert. Her past and present clients include: DC Jazz Festival, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lalah Hathaway, Pittsburgh Jazz Fest, Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg, Grégoire Maret, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and Clark Terry.
Gilbert’s professional background as an on-air personality and producer at WRVR (where she was named “Air Personality of the Year” by “New York” magazine), WNEW-AM, WBGO and as the NY Jazz correspondent for the BBC, as well as a published writer of Jazz articles, liner notes, biographies, believed it was natural transition to the internet. In 2001, she founded JazzCares, an online shop which provided musicians a way to donate a part of their merchandise sales to organizations working with 9-11 victims. Since 2002, a portion of proceeds from JazzCares merchandise goes to the Jazz Foundation of America. Lois Gilbert served on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Alliance International, an industry advisor for the IAJE, and co-produced the Jazz Journalists Awards, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Jazz Foundation of America.
She is also a published writer and photographer.