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Saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves (right) of The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. (Erik Jacobs for NPR)

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
Aug 5, 2012

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Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music, just up the road from Newport, has produced top jazz musicians for decades. Driven by the leadership of Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the school has expanded its jazz vision internationally, developing an initiative to recruit from and bring on tour around the world. Berklee's current Global Jazz Ambassadors are joined here by professional musician Adam Cruz, whose shimmering 2011 debut album Milestone showed off his talent both in front of the band and behind the drum kit.

Personnel

  • Matthew Halpin, tenor saxophone
  • Alex Hargreaves, violin
  • Lihi Haruvi, alto saxophone
  • Christian Li, piano
  • Spencer Stewart, bass
  • Adam Cruz, drums
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