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July 23, 2017

Posts by: Frank Prosnitz

Democratic Candidates Spending Increases in the Days Before the Senate District 13 Primary Election

There were no surprises in the latest financial filings of the four candidates for the Democratic nomination for the Senate District 13 seat, with each candidate left with a reasonable cash balance for the last few days of the campaign, and each showing expenditures outpacing contributions. Candidates are required to file a financial report seven

Rhode Island’s signators to the Declaration of Independence

Rhode Island’s two signators to the Declaration of Independence, could not, in many ways, be more different. One, Stephen Hopkins, was brought up in the agricultural community of Scituate, son of a farmer. He was self-educated, became a farmer himself, was a slave owner, a businessman and later, a politician.   William Ellery was brought

Democrats in Senate Race Actively Fundraising; Lining up Support From Prominent Dems around RI

The latest financial disclosure forms filed by candidates vying for the Senate seat in Newport held until this Spring by M. Teresa Paiva Weed, has found all four Democrats in the race actively fundraising, indicating a wide range of support throughout the state’s Democratic party. Meanwhile, the Republican, Green Party and Independent candidates, in papers

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 5 of 5)

The challenge of dwindling public funds to support the arts in school has inspired Christian McBride to join with his wife, Melissa Walker, founder of Jazz House Kids, to provide young musicians an opportunity to develop and grow as artists. And, with public funding for the arts in jeopardy, McBride believes musicians will not be

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 4)

You could say about Christian McBride that the bass was in his blood – and it was. From a father and great uncle who played bass, to Julliard in New York City to study classical bass, to the stages of the most significant jazz clubs and festivals in the world – that’s Christian McBride. He

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 3)

An amazing bass player, band leader and composer, Christian McBride, the Newport Jazz Festival’s new artistic director, brings profound respect for the festival, and a keen sense of those who should be playing at it. He’s also not afraid to showcase young talent. “Some of it you just get excited by something that you hear,

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 2)

George Wein calls it artistry – that something special that sets musicians apart – that ingredient that Wein would look for when booking an act for the Newport Jazz Festival. Now it’s Christian McBride who is in search of that artistry, finding a balance, “the best of every branch of the tree of jazz.” Artistry,

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A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival (Part 1)

It was more than 25 years ago that Christian McBride played his first Newport Jazz Festival. Now, five Grammys later and considered among the best jazz bass players on the planet, McBride is taking on a huge challenge, following in the footsteps of festival founder George Wein and assuming the mantle as the festival’s Artistic

Campaign Fundraising Heats up in Race for Paiva Weed’s Seat

The race to replace Teresa Paiva Weed in the State Senate (District 13) is on, and if you’re scoring by money in the bank, Newport Councilman and businessman John Florez takes the early lead, and if you’re scoring by grassroots donors, the winner is lawyer Dawn Euer. That, according to the May 1 financial filings

North Providence Mayor Promises Overhaul of Town’s Police Department

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi is promising to seriously consider a reorganization of the town’s police department, after an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment found the claims legally “unfounded,” but that police officers regularly made vulgar comments and lewd jokes. “What we’ve uncovered is unfortunate, it’s embarrassing,” Lombardi said yesterday on “It’s Your

Two Rhode Island Employers are among finalist for prestigious Defense Department Employer Support Award

Two Rhode Island employers are among 30 finalists nationwide for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Defense Department to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. Aspen Aerogels of East Providence and National Grid of Providence were selected as finalists from among more

RI’s 30,000 Undocumented Immigrants are Living in Fear

With President Trump poised to issue another order banning travel from selected Muslim dominated Mideastern countries, and with heightened deportations nationwide, communities of undocumented immigrants are fearful of deportation back to sometimes hostile and oppressive societies. Many in Rhode Island’s undocumented immigrant communities are looking to friends to drive them to work, or school, or

Poll: The News Media and President Trump

President Trump has called the media the “Enemy of the American People,” while the media fights back, emphatically saying that it is “not the enemy.” President Trump and those around him in the White House refer to any negative news as “Fake News,” while being called out for false representation of certain situations or making

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PawSox Ownership Exploring Stadium Options

Snow lines the banks of most roadways in New England, but pitchers and catchers are now in Florida. How far away can Spring really be? Only a few weeks, and while most baseball fans will be consumed by reports out of Spring Training, there are those in Rhode Island who are awaiting a definitive answer

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘You Have to Say You Did The Right Thing’ (Part 5)

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘…after all your life, and it is the last part of my life, to have reached that place. I guess, you have to say you did the right thing’ – Part 5 of 5  Throughout this five-part series, we’ve explored George Wein’s career from when he was working in what

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘I’ve lived my own life on my own terms’ (Part 4)

Respect, not only for George Wein and what he’s accomplished, but mainly for jazz and the jazz musicians. That’s was George Wein hopes he’s achieving through his festivals. In this, part four of this five-part series, ‘A Conversation with George Wein,’ we learn about earning respect and trust, about the rise of young musicians, and

A Conversation with George Wein: Artistry – the Festivals (Part 1)

For more than seven decades, George Wein has been making music, as a performer and as a promoter and producer. He’s elevated folk and jazz to new levels, through the festivals he founded and shaped for so many years. He’s played piano in seedy clubs around Boston as a kid, earning two dollars a night;

A Conversation with George Wein: Madam Chaloff, a Bucket of Blood, and Storyville (Part 2)

In part 2, George Wein takes us on his journey, from classical piano and lessons with Madam Chaloff, to the clubs at which he first played for two dollars a night, to the rise of his famed Boston Club, Storyville, where a visit from Louie Armstrong helped define Wein’s path in music. In case you

A Conversation with George Wein: Motivation (Part 3)

Motivation. For decades George Wein has been a paramount figure in the development of the music, mostly jazz. It’s what he played, and it’s what he presented, in his Storyville Club, and at the festivals in Newport, New York, New Orleans, and around the globe. In this part three of our interview with George, we

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