Newport Jazz Festival Assembly Launched

Newport Jazz Festival Assembly Launched

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Newport Jazz Festival Assembly, a new performance series presented by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., Inc. will bring music to elementary schools throughout Rhode Island beginning this week, it was announced by Governor Gina Raimondo and George Wein, Chairman of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

According to a press release, the series, funded by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. with support from the estate of H. Stewart Ross, will connect professional musicians to schools with minimal or no music programs to present jazz concerts for students who may not have had the experience of attending a live concert. Each assembly, which will introduce students to the music presented at the Newport Jazz Festival, will be 35-40 minutes long and will consist of oral presentations, question/answer sessions and several musical segments that will span the timeline of jazz history, including Dixieland, big band, bebop, fusion, cool and modal jazz.

Band members are Ben Marcoux, bandleader/saxophones/clarinet; Joshua Bruneau, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jimmy O'Connell, trombone; Tony Davis, guitar; Noah Barker, piano/electric keyboard; Alex Tremblay, upright bass/tuba; and Mike Camacho, drums. Deborah Ross, Newport Festivals Foundation Director of Education, is the project director.