Newport Jazz Assembly, a performance series presented in elementary schools by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, Inc. wraps up its Fall season this week with concerts in Manville and Cumberland, RI, and Stamford, CT. Now in its second season, the series has reached 7,800 students.
 
The season kicked off in Pawtucket on October 11 and continued with concerts in New Bedford, Cumberland, Cranston, Middletown, Tiverton and Little Compton. The series continues:
 
Wednesday, November 16
9:15 am and 10:15 am
Northern Lincoln Elementary School
315 New River Road
Manville, RI
 
Thursday, November 17
10:30 am
Mercymount Country Day School 
35 Wrentham Road
Cumberland, RI
 
4:45 pm
Project Music
245 Selleck Street
Stamford, CT
 
“We’re excited to add Stamford’s Project Music, an after-school music education program, to our performance roster,” said Deborah Ross, Newport Festivals Foundation Director of Education and Jazz Assembly Project Director. “While the audiences at all of the schools have enjoyed the performances, these students have a special interest in music. They are looking forward to playing ‘Joe Avery’s Blues’ with the band and I can’t wait to hear and see their enthusiasm and dedication to music.”
 
The series, funded by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. with support from the Estate of H. Stewart Ross, connects 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 introduces students to the music presented at the Newport Jazz Festival®, is 35-40 minutes long and consists of oral presentations, question/answer sessions and several musical segments that span the timeline of jazz history, including Dixieland, Big Band, Bebop, Fusion, Cool and Modal Jazz.
 
Newport Jazz Assembly band members are music director Ben Marcoux, saxophones/clarinet; Joshua Bruneau, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jimmy O’Connell, trombone; Tony Davis, guitar; Noah Barker, keyboard; Alex Tremblay, upright bass; and Mike Camacho, drums.
 
Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival, which takes place August 4-6 at historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. To learn more about the Festival, visitwww.newportjazzfest.org.
 
Newport Festivals Foundation™ was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. In addition, the Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visitwww.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

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