Newport Jazz Festival Assembly, a performance series presented by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., which has brought music to dozens of schools throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, will perform in March at schools in East Hartford and Norwalk, CT, and Providence, RI.

The series, funded by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., 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.

The Newport Jazz Assembly performances are set for:

Thursday, March 1, 2:15 pm

Pitkin School

East Hartford, CT

Thursday, March 8, 2:15 pm

Goodwin School

East Hartford, CT

Friday, March 9, 8:30 am

Henry Barnard Lab School at Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

Friday, March 23, 9:30 am

Columbia Magnet School

Norwalk, CT

Each Assembly, which will introduce students to the music presented at the Newport Jazz Festival®, will be 35-60 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 and clarinet; Joshua Bruneau, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jimmy O’Connell, trombone; Tony Davis, guitar; Keith Brown, piano/electric keyboard; Alex Tremblay, upright bass; and Mike Camacho, drums. Deborah Ross, Newport Festivals Foundation Director of Education, is the project director.

The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers (www.newportjazz.org) takes place August 3-5 at historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

For more information on education initiatives offered by Newport Festivals Foundation, visit www.newportfestivals.org.

Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).