Foundation award recipient Estar Cohen Performs at Newport Jazz Festival

August 1, 2018

The ASCAP Foundation and Newport Festivals Foundation continued their joint effort to benefit emerging jazz talent by featuring the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Composer Award recipient, Estar Cohen, on the esteemed festival’s Storyville Stage on August 4th, 2018.

Cohen, a composer, vocalist, lyricist and educator from Ypsilanti, MI, received the honor for her piece, “Endings,” from her second album, Live at Willis Sound. She was selected by a renowned jury of jazz composers including ASCAP members Sylvie Courvoisier, Wycliffe Gordon and Sachal Vasandani.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams said: “The ASCAP Foundation proudly continues this partnership with the Newport Festivals Foundation in our effort to promote the next generation of music creators. This opportunity offers a deserving young ASCAP jazz artist meaningful encouragement with a performance at such a prestigious festival.”

Newport Festivals Foundation Founder & Chairman George Wein commented, “The partnership between Newport Festivals Foundation and The ASCAP Foundation is forging the path forward for young jazz composers. We are delighted to continue our association for the third year with the jury’s selection of Estar Cohen, who is both a wonderful performer and composer, and represents what this partnership is all about."

Cohen’s performance included a debut of her collaboration with Grammy-nominated pianist and band member Fabian Almazan. Other members of Cohen’s ensemble included Dan Palmer on guitar, Patrick Booth on tenor sax, Ben Rolston on bass and Travis Aukerman on drums.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging American music creators through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and providing grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in educational programs for aspiring songwriters and composers. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

About Newport Festivals Foundation
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by George Wein in 2010 to build up 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. The Foundation offers programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festival. For more information, visit

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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP

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