[JPL] Newport Festivals go Non Profit
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
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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