When multiple Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride was recently named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, it was also announced that Danny Melnick, a 25-year veteran of Wein’s organization, would move from Associate Producer to Producer of the festival.

Danny called in to The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore on 1540 AM WADK Newport on Friday, March 18th to chat about the recent changes for the Newport Jazz Festival, the “state” of jazz music in the United States, how George Wein is still involved with the festival and how the 2016 lineup came together.

Ryan also chatted on the show today about a possible upcoming snow storm, the future of comedy in Newport, what’s new and happening around town and more.

For more information on the Newport Jazz Festival and for tickets, visit www.newportjazzfest.org.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).