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Founded in 1954 the Newport Jazz festival was the first annual jazz festival in America. The event draws thousands of people from all over the world to the scenic coastal city, Newport, Rhode Island. Since its inception there have been historical musical moments beginning with Billie Holiday in 1954 and on through the years to include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Harry Connick Jr. , and many, many more.
George Wein, the founder and producer and now 88 years old continues to seek out young composers and musicians as the focus of the programming of the festival. He has founded numerous festivals worldwide including the JVC Jazz Festival, the Now Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. In 2010 George Wein created the Newport Festival Foundation Inc. a non-profit organization that is designed to ensure the Festivals will be a part of Newport in perpetuity.
2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. Aug 1-3 in Newport, RI.
For more information about the Festival - www.newportjazzfest.net
For more information on the Newport Festival Foundation - www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org
An equally passionate jazz vocalist and advocate for the music, Joan Watson-Jones is well known throughout Northern New England as both a swinging singer and the hostess of her own popular jazz shows, the cable television program The Jazz Room Live and the internet based radio program The Jazz Room-her 1/2 hour show on CyberStationUSA
A half hour Internet Radio program, each show may feature an interview with an independent artist, or a Jazz Legend. Sometimes there may be a Jam Session where the music is performed live in the studio. The show can be heard Wednesdays at 10:30 PM (EST) on CyberStationUSA
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