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ETAN ROSENBLOOM. ASCAP FOUNDATION. AUGUST 1, 2018
For the past three years, The ASCAP Foundation has partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival to give an exceptional Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipient a chance to shine live at the venerable Festival. This year, the Herb Alpert judges chose ASCAP composer and vocalist Estar Cohen to bring her dynamic ensemble to the Storyville Stage for a set of open-minded original music. She joins another stellar lineup of ASCAP jazz talent, including Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste, Ambrose Akinmusire, Living Colour, Matthew Shipp, Anat Cohen, Tony Allen, Zakir Hussain and Roxy Coss (who came to Newport in 2016 as part of the ASCAP Foundation/Newport partnership). We caught up with Estar Cohen a week before her Newport debut.