Newport Festivals Foundation Releases ‘Gala Recording 2012’

First-ever CD produced by Newport Jazz Festival

Edmar Castaneda
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Ingrid Jensen backstage at 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. have announced the release of the Newport Jazz Festival Gala Recording 2012 powered by ArtistShare. It’s the first-ever CD produced by the Newport Jazz Festival. According to a press release, “The recording project celebrates the unique experience shared by 250 guests at the fundraising gala for the Newport Festival 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.”

The release further states, “The 2012 Newport Festivals Foundatio 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.”

To purchase the Newport Jazz Festival Gala Recording 2012, go to Gala CD.