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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Newport Jazz Festival Assembly to Bring Music to RI Elementary Schools

Photo: Mark Schieldrop
Mark Schieldrop, award-winning journalist with a background in community journalism writes, "The Newport Jazz Festival Assembly will bring music to Rhode Island elementary schools beginning this week."


Legendary music producer and the father of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, George Wein, joined Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Monday to announce a new performance series that will bring music to elementary schools across the state.

Newport Jazz Festival Assembly is a new music series presented by Newport Festivals Foundation that will connect professional musicians to schols “with minimal or no music programs to present jazz concerts for students who may not have had the experience of attending a live concert,” according to a news release.

Each assembly will introduce students to music from the fabled Newport Jazz Festival and will run 35 to 40 minutes with oral presentations, a Q&A session and several musical segments.

“Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one that people all over the world associate with Newport, Rhode Island.” said Governor Raimondo. “A recent report by the Brookings Institution shows a direct connection between the arts and education in science, technology, math and engineering, and I’m thrilled that young people throughout our state will have a chance to learn more about jazz as part of an education that ensures their pathway to high paying 21st century jobs. And, of course, they’ll get to learn a bit about the role Rhode Island has played in the history of jazz.”