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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival


From left to right, John Patitucci, Patricia Zarate, Edmar Colón, Mao Soné, Danilo Pérez, Anthony Fung, Brandon Woody, Yoron Israel, Marco Pignataro and Isaac Wilson.

The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Management, took place July 29 – 31 this year at the Fort Adams State Park.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors spend the week prior to the Newport Jazz Festival teaching some of the world’s top high school–age musicians in the brand new summer program, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival. This workshop was being presented for the first time ever and located Participants study and stay in the heart of Newport on the campus of Salve Regina University.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival offered aspiring young musicians, including vocalists and nontraditional instrumentalists, a full-scholarship (tuition and housing), five-day intensive jazz program with world-renowned faculty, including  Marco Pignataro(Program Director), Danilo Pérez(artistic director), John PatitucciGeorge GarzoneYoron IsraelTerri Lyne Carrington, Tim Miller, and Donna McElroy. The program featured ensemble rehearsals, master classes by musicians who have appeared in the Newport Jazz Festival, and final performances by all students, with selected groups chosen to play on the Newport Jazz Festival stage.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop and Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on on the Quad Stage, Friday, July 29 with special guests Danilo Pérez, pianist, composer, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and John Patitucci, bassist and some of the BGJI faculty members. Here are some highlight from both sets at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through inter-connective teaching and thinking. BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI. The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors are Edmar Colón, saxophones; Anthony Fung, drums; Seung-Ho Jang, double bass; Mao Soné, trumpet; and Isaac Wilson, piano. Each is a member of the first graduating class of Berklee’s Master of Music in contemporary performance (global jazz concentration) program, an intense, one-year program where students are mentored by world-renowned jazz masters including Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington,George Garzone, and Joe Lovano.

Our special thanks to Sophie Maricq, Witness Fireboy Matlou and Allen Bush for coordinating the events with us. This blog post will establish a column/cadigory under “The Berklee Global Jazz Institute”.

Here are some some photos from the workshop and workshop performance from n the campus of Salve Regina College. We will be updating the post with some reflections from some of the BGJI Workshop students, jazz masters, some of the BGJI faculty members, and Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors. Please stay tuned.

The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival was presented by Natixis Global Management; other support comes from Alex and Ani, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Rhode Island Foundation, North Coast Brewing Co., Ticketmaster, travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, Toyota, CoxD’Angelico Guitars. The preferred hotels of the Festival are Hotel Viking, Newport Marriott, Hyatt Regency Newport and The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. In addition, the Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit

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