[JPL] Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Wed Nov 16 09:59:24 EST 2011


*Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Grant*

*to Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.^(TM)*

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*Percussionist Dafnis Prieto Commissioned to Write*

*New Composition to Debut at 2012 Newport Jazz Festival*/®/

*NEWPORT**, RI**, November 16, 2011 -*The *Newport Festivals Foundation, 
Inc.^(TM)* has been awarded a 29-month Arts Program grant in the amount 
of $50,000 from *Doris Duke Charitable Foundation* (DDCF) to support 
presentations by DDCF grantees at the *Newport Jazz Festival*/®/during 
2011-2013. Percussionist *Dafnis Prieto* has been commissioned to 
compose a new piece for his sextet to debut at the 2012 Festival, which 
is set for August 3 - 5.

"We are grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for its support 
of the Newport Jazz Festival," said George Wein, Producer of the 
Festival since its inception in 1954 and Chairman of the Newport 
Festivals Foundation. "I had the privilege to meet Ms. Duke, who 
attended the Newport Jazz Festival from its beginning right up to the 
early 90's. She was not only a dedicated patron of the arts, but also a 
jazz pianist and composer. She never wanted to be recognized for 
attending the festival; she simply wanted to sit peacefully in her seat 
and enjoy the music she loved. We are pleased that through the support 
from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we are able to present the 
music of Dafnis Prieto and others in Newport, where some of the finest 
moments in jazz history have occurred."

"We're pleased to support not only a festival that Doris Duke loved to 
attend, but a fantastic platform for the presentation of contemporary 
jazz," said Ed Henry, president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 
"This grant is as much about encouraging the future vitality of the jazz 
field as it is about celebrating its rich history."

The DDCF grant supported new music projects by internationally-renowned 
composer/percussionist/bandleader *John Hollenbeck*and MacArthur 
Foundation recipient/saxophonist *Miguel Zenón *at the 2011 *Newport 
Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management*. Hollenbeck, 
who introduced "Songs That Like Me" featuring the John Hollenbeck Large 
Ensemble with special guests Kate McGarry (voice), Theo Bleckmann 
(voice) and Uri Caine (piano/organ), showcased his original work as well 
as his own arrangements of songs by Imogen Heap, Jimmy Webb, Ornette 
Coleman and Kraftwerk. Zenón presented "Alma Adentro," a collection of 
Puerto Rican songs featuring his arrangements with orchestrations by 
Argentinean pianist/composer/arranger Guillermo Klein, performed by the 
saxophonist's regular quartet along with a 10-piece wind ensemble.

"The 2011 and 2012 projects embody the spirit of the Newport Festivals 
Foundationand its commitment to developing the genre of jazz while 
retaining its fundamental nature," said Wein.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the 
quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, 
environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child 
abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy 
of Doris Duke's properties.

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/The Newport Jazz Festival//®//is a production of Newport Festivals 
Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, under license from 
Festival Productions, Inc. and George Wein; all rights reserved./

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