Danilo Pérez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors to Perform at Newport Jazz Festival

By 
Nick Balkin
July 25, 2016
The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
Image credit: Dave Green

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors will perform at the Newport Jazz Festival on 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 BGJI faculty member. The group will perform at 12:40 p.m. on the Quad Stage.

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 Pérez, Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano.

The ambassadors will 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 is being presented for the first time ever and will be located on the campus of Salve Regina College in historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island.

The BGJI is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnective 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.