Newport Jazz Festival

Students from across the world will be mentored this summer at the site of one of the world’s most legendary jazz festivals, according to a press release from Berklee on Tuesday.

The Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival gives young vocalists and instrumentalists a five-day intensive jazz program taught by world-renowned faculty under the artistic direction of Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez and Managing Director Marco Pignataro. The program, being held July 30 – August 3 at Salve Regina University, features master classes by musicians appearing at the festival, ensemble rehearsals, and final performances on the Newport Jazz Festival stage.

Participants will attend the workshop on full scholarships provided by the Newport Festivals Foundation and the Joyce and George Wein Foundation. Additional support comes from the Mary Hailer Scholarship Fund established by John and Maureen Hailer. This generosity makes it possible for 45 students from more than 10 countries, including Panama, Chile, South Africa, Israel, Argentina, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Australia, to be mentored by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians. The total value of the scholarships awarded for 2018 is $70,000. Established in 2016, more than 150 students have participated in the workshop, receiving a total of $210,000 in scholarships.

“One of the joys of living long enough and having achieved a degree of success in one’s career is being able to give back. I am very happy that the Joyce and George Wein Foundation, which my late wife and I created a number of years ago, is able to support this wonderful program,” said Wein in a press release on Tuesday, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and Chairman of Newport Festivals Foundation. “Joyce was a remarkable woman who worked by my side on everything that I did. She would have loved talking to each of you about your interest in jazz.”

The Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival is designed as an intensive five-day program for students ages 15 to 18. Each day will feature master classes in improvisation, theory, performance, harmonic analysis, and instrumental instruction. Ensembles will rehearse in the afternoons, while evening jam sessions and open mics give students opportunities to collaborate and put new skills to practice. Throughout the week, Newport Jazz Festival artists will visit the workshop, where they will listen, critique, and share their experiences as working musicians.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute, led by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, is a performance program at Berklee designed to foster creativity and musicianship at the highest level through various musical disciplines, and advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society. Along with Pérez and Pignataro at the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop will be Berklee faculty Jason Palmer on trumpet; Tia Fuller on saxophone; Yoron Israel and Teri Lyne Carrington on drums; Sara Serpa on vocals; Bruno Raberg on bass; and six recent grads of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

“George Wein’s passion, dedication and support for jazz has been instrumental for the expansion of Berklee’s Summer Programs to Newport and the creation of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for high school students at the festival,” said Pérez in the press release. “The mentoring of these young talents from our faculty and the experiential learning approach of performing at the festival is a powerful and enduring way to nurture the next generation of jazz talent. It is an honor to be a part of this incredible experience.”