[JPL] Newport Festivals go Non Profit

TomtheJazzman tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Tue Jan 25 13:20:10 EST 2011

Newport Festivals Foundation logo

*/Famed Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals Go Non-Profit/*


*NEWPORT, RI, January 25, 2011 -*The famed Newport Jazz Festival® and 
Newport Folk Festival ®, held in Newport, RI, since 1954 and 1959 
respectively, have returned to their original roots as non-profit 
events. The Festivals will now be produced under the umbrella of Newport 
Festivals Foundation, Inc., a newly-formed 501(c)(3) organization. They 
will still be produced by George Wein and his veteran staff.

"The Foundation will perpetuate the history of jazz and folk music in 
Newport and will allow these festivals, which have been my passion and 
life's work, to live on," said Wein, Jazz Impresario and NEA Jazz 
Master."Little did we know that when Louis and Elaine Lorillard asked me 
to present a summer jazz event in Newport it would spawn two annual 
festivals that would capture the hearts of world-wide music fans for 
more than six decades."

To celebrate the formation of Newport Festivals Foundation, a Gala 
fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, August 4, at Rosecliff mansion on 
historic Bellevue Avenue in Newport.Hosted by Bill Cosby, the Gala will 
feature stars from the Jazz and Folk Festivals. Honorary Co-Chairs for 
the event are The Honorable Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island, 
and The Honorable Jack Reed, US Senator. More information will be 
announced at a later date.

Under the Newport Festivals Foundation, each festival will continue the 
tradition offeaturing some of the world's greatest established and 
emerging performers. The Newport Jazz Festival will present musicians 
who follow the traditions of New Orleans, swing, bebop and modal as the 
heart of jazz music. In addition, the Foundation will honor the evolving 
cultural expression and freedom of creativity necessary to the growth 
and continuing vitality of the music.

The Foundation will continue the Newport Folk Festival by maintaining 
the excellence of folk artists in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Joan 
Baez, Bob Dylan and others, in addition to presenting performers who 
respect and honor these folk music traditions while reflecting the 
changes in today's music trends.

Through the establishment of partnerships with local elementary schools 
and colleges/universities, the Foundation will develop programs to help 
educate young people, primarily from Rhode Island and New England, as 
well as from around the globe, about jazz and folk music as presented at 
the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival.

Wein has formed a Board of Directors to advise and support the Newport 
Festivals Foundation.Board members include: *Richard M. Cashin*, 
Managing Director, One Equity Partners; *Jerome A. Chazen*, Chairman, 
Chazen Capital; *Joshua Feigenbaum*, Media Entrepreneur; *Bruce S. 
Gordon*, former President and CEO, NAACPand retired Verizon Executive; 
*Elliot L. Hoffman*, Founding Senior Partner, Beldock, Levine & Hoffman, 
LLP; *Vikas Kapoor*, President and CEO of iQor; *William M. Lewis, Jr.*, 
Managing Director and Co-chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard Ltd; 
*Deborah Ross*, Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Executive 
Director of the Foundation; *Bruce Trauner*, Partner, Beldock Levine & 
Hoffman, LLP; *William M. Vareika*, Owner, William Vareika Fine Arts; 
and *George Wein*.

The Newport Jazz Festival has been the beacon of jazz for 57 years. It 
is the scene of Miles Davis' resurgences in 1955 and again in 1984 and 
Duke Ellington's historical 1956 comeback. Over the years, every major 
jazz artist has performed at the festival, including Thelonious Monk, 
Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Louis 
Armstrong and Billie Holiday as well as contemporary artists including 
Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Diana Krall.

>From its inaugural event in 1959 when Bob Gibson first introduced Joan 
Baez to the world, the Newport Folk Festival has created excitement. A 
few years later, Baez brought Bob Dylan to the festival, and the circle 
of innovation continued in 1965 when Dylan and the Paul Butterfield 
Blues Band went electric on the Newport stage. Decades later, The Pixies 
made a reverse statement and performed an acoustic set, continuing the 
tradition of introducing new music and musicians.In addition, Peter, 
Paul & Mary, James Taylor, Joanie Mitchell and numerous renowned 
musicians have put their stamp on the Newport Folk Festival.

The 2011 Newport Folk Festival is set for July 29 - 31 and the Newport 
Jazz Festival takes over the following weekend, August 5 - 7. Both 
events will take place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at 
Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. Artists and 
ticket on-sale dates for both festivals will be announced in the Spring.

For more information, log on to www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org 
and www.newportjazzfest.net 
for information on the festivals.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Newport Folk 
Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. For more information, contact 
Melanie Nañez at sponsor at newfestivalproductions.com 
<mailto:sponsor at newfestivalproductions.com>.


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