Programs

Newport Jazz Assembly

In February 2016, Newport Festivals Foundation launched a new program, which sends a seven piece jazz ensemble into Rhode Island elementary schools to perform and teach students about the history of jazz.  As of May, 2017, the program will have been presented in 35 different schools in Rhode Island ( 2 in MA and 1 in CT) and been seen by almost 10,000 students. The program will continue in the fall. There is no charge to the public schools.

Performance Opportunities at the Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation is proud to present New England high school big bands and two college ensembles at the Newport Jazz Festival.

 

Other Programs

  • Grant for Boys and Girls Club of Newport County for their after school music program
  • Artist Meet & Greets for students at the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals

Past Programs

 

FREE Family Concert

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6:00 – 7:30pm
Fort Adams State Park

Free to the public (recommended for all ages, but especially for ages 1-10)

Come join us for a family friendly concert to hear the sounds of folk music with Alastair Moock (feat. Jamie Walker, Paul Kochanski, and Brian Montgomery) and Jazz music with Newport Jazz Assembly (feat. Ben Marcoux, Alex Tremblay, Joshua Bruneau, Jimmy O’Connell, Noah Barker, Tony Davis and Mike Camacho)
Come early and bring a picnic or enjoy tasty treats from local food carts. There will be face painters and a balloon twister.

Newport Festivals Foundation is proud to present two New England high school big bands and two college ensembles at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

Friday, July 29
The University of Rhode Island Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Jared Sims, returns for its fourth appearance.   This year the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Jazz Camp will showcase top students from their first jazz workshop held at Salve Regina University.

Saturday, July 30
The Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Senior All-State Jazz Band performs under the direction of Matthew McGarrell (Brown University), along with a special guest appearance by NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath.

Sunday, July 31
The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Jazz Band returns, this year under the direction of Earl McDonald (UConn).

Other Programs

  • Grant for Boys and Girls Club of Newport County for their after school music program
  • Artist Meet & Greets for students at the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals

International Jazz Day – Thursday, April 30

Danilo Perez, pianist, Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, composer and social activist, along with a group from the Berklee School of Music will share his talents and insight through two educational events:

  • A concert for elementary and middle school students from Newport public schools
  •  Jazz combo workshop for local high school students

Wednesday, July 29 – Family Concert at Fort Adams State Park 6 – 7:00pm

Free to the public (recommended for all ages, but especially for 1-10)

This event has become a popular destination for local families and visiting tourists.

Come join us  for a family friendly concert to hear the sounds of folk music with Guy Davis with Mark Murphy and jazz with Eli Yamin Trio under the Quad tent at Fort Adams State Park.

Come early and bring a picnic or enjoy menu options from local food carts. There will be face painters and a balloon twister.

The concert is held inside Fort Adams at the Quad Stage (under a tent)

Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is proud to present two New England high school big bands and two college ensembles at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival®.

This experience provides these young people a unique opportunity to perform on one of the most important stages in jazz – which they will never forget.

Friday, July 31

The University of Rhode Island Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jared Sims, returns for the third year, along with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra featuring guest soloist, Sean Jones.

Saturday, August 1

The Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Senior All-State Jazz Band, which includes the best high school students from all over the state of Rhode Island, joins the festival for the fifth year. The conductor will be Willie Hill.

Sunday, August 2

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Jazz Band, featuring the best students from the state of Massachusetts returns for the fourth year – this year under the direction of Julius Tolentino

International Jazz Day – Wednesday, April 30

Jon Batiste, Artistic Director at Large for the Jazz Museum in Harlem, and
performer extraordinaire brings his Stay Human band for two special events:

-A program for local students
-An evening concert at  The Casino Theater in Newport, RI

Wednesday, July 30

Family Concert at Fort Adams State Park  6 – 7:00pm
Bring your kids (recommended for all ages, but particularly for ages 1-10)
and come hear the Bari Koral Family Rock Band and Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo – Wake Up, Clarinet!

Come a little early for face painting and balloon figures.

This concert is held inside Fort Adams at the Quad Stage (under a tent).

Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is proud to present two New England high school big bands and two college ensembles at the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival®.  This experience gives these young people a unique opportunity to perform on one of the most important stages in jazz – which they will never forget.

Friday August 1st

The University of Rhode Island Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jared Sims return for a second year to help inaugurate this added day at Fort Adams State Park.

Saturday, August 2nd

Check out the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Senior All-State Jazz Band at the Harbor Stage – the best high school students from all over the state of Rhode Island and Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors from the Berklee School of Music.

Sunday, August 3rd

Come back on Sunday to hear the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) 2014 All-State Jazz Band – the best high school students from all over Massachusetts.

  • Pathways to Jazz – High School Jazz Master class
    Presented in association with Salve Regina University
    With guest Master teacher Anat Cohen and Rhode Island musicians and educators:
    Mac Chrupcala (piano), Mike Renzi (piano), Joe Parillo (piano), Alan Bernstein (bass), Mike Coffey (drums), Gene Rosati (guitar) and Artie Montanaro (trumpet).
  • Newport Festivals Foundation has renewed its support of the music program at the Boys and Girls Club at Newport County. One of the most popular after-school activities at the BGC, students can work individually with teachers or join an African drumming class. BGC children also attend the Newport Folk Festival® and enjoy workshops with festival artists.
  • August 1st, 2013
    FREE Family Concert at Fort Adams State Park, 5:30 – 6:30pm Grab your kids (recommended for all ages, but particularly for ages 1-10) and come hear some jazz and some folk with Jazz Kids! With Amy Cervini and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Held inside Fort Adams at the Quad Stage.
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is proud to present at the Newport Jazz Festival® – two New England high school big bands and two college ensembles, giving students the opportunity to perform on one of the most important stages in jazz.
  • Saturday, August 3nd, 2013
    Check out the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Senior All-State Jazz Band at the Harbor Stage – the best high school students from all over Rhode Island.The Ali Amr Experiment from the Berklee College of Music will open the Fort Stage.
  • Sunday, August 4rd, 2013
    Come back on Sunday to listen to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) 2013 All-State Jazz Band – the best high school students from all over Massachusetts.The University of Rhode Island Jazz Ensemble with students chosen just for this performance will open the Fort Stage.

  • Trumpeter Jon Faddis conducts master class for high school musicians at Salve Regina University 
    World-renowned trumpeter, composer, conductor and educator Jon Faddis – who was declared as “the best ever” by the legendary John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie – conducted a master class and workshop for high school students on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Salve Regina University.
  • Natixis Global Asset Management and Newport Jazz Festival Kicked Off 2012 Performance with Three-Year Sponsorship and Scholarship Program
    Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) and Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. today announced a new three-year sponsorship agreement that highlights aspiring young jazz performers. In addition to this year’s line-up of world-class artists, the 2012 Jazz Festival will feature The Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Jazz Band, an all-star, all-state band of high school jazz musicians from Rhode Island who will be the opening performance on Saturday, August 4. This concert season, the agreement includes a $5,000 NGAM scholarship for a selected student musician from the band.
  • Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. ™ Announces First Youth Education Initiative
    The funding, primarily raised through the Backyard Barbecue at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival®, will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs to purchase new musical instruments and music recording tools/software; hire a professional music teacher to lead programs during its school-year afterschool programs; and introduce a new music program at its summer day camp, Camp Grosvenor. This collaboration will provide the Club the opportunity to continue its educational program with the Common Fence Music Production group, including offering a six-week African Drumming Workshop led by musician/percussionist LeRoy White. Additionally, the Club can offer new music programs for its Tot-Spot toddler/preschoolers, as well as expand its Digital Beats program for its Teen Center participants as a result of this support.

 

2014 MMEA students and Oran Etkin  photo by Deborah Ross