Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Dianne Reeves
 Foundation, Inc.™ has announced the release of the Newport Jazz Festival® Gala Recording 2012 powered by ArtistShare®. The recording project celebrates the unique experience shared by 250 guests at the fundraising gala for the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, which produces the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals.The evening featured first-time collaborations by Jason Moran, Ingrid Jensen and Anat Cohen; Edmar Castañeda with Steve Wilson; Anat Cohen and Bill Frisell; Rudresh Mahanthappa with Lionel Loueke; Ingrid Jensen, Bill Frisell, Steve Wilson, Jason Moran and Lewis Nash; as well as a performance by Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin.

"Although many world-renowned albums have been recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival® since the 1950's, this is the first release to be produced by the Festival," said George Wein, Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation™ and producer of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals since their inceptions in 1954 and 1959. "The musicians were completely free to play what they wanted, and gala guests were treated to performances unlike anything they had ever heard. We are pleased with the excellent response and participation in the recording project, which will allow us to commission original compositions from artists and feature these works at future Newport Jazz Festivals."

Bill Frisell
The 2012 Newport Festivals Foundation™ Gala raised more than $200,000, and Wein says he hopes the CD will bring in a great deal more support to the Foundation while raising awareness of the organization's mission. Individual fans who participated in the CD project contributed from $18.95 up to $7,500 to play an integral part in the future of the Newport Jazz Festival®.

The 2013 Newport Folk Festival® is set for July 27 - 28 and the Newport Jazz Festival® takes place the following weekend, August 2 - 4.

The Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build upon and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival® presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

ArtistShare® is a platform that connects creative artists with fans in order to share the creative process and fund the creation of new artistic works. ArtistShare® created the Internet's first fan funding platform for artists launching its initial project in October, 2003. Since then, ArtistShare® has been allowing fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their projects in exchange for access to the creative process, LTD Edition recordings, VIP access to events/recording sessions and even credit listing on the final product. ArtistShare® projects have received countless awards and accolades including 5 Grammy awards and 15 Grammy nominations. For additional information, go to www.artistshare.com

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