David Sanchez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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David Sanchez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez In Concert

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Boston's Berklee College of Music was already one of the premier conservatories for jazz when it launched a new program designed to push a select group of students beyond the classroom. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute assembles a small international ensemble to create works on the bandstand and explore connections to culture, nature and other art forms.

That band acts as a de facto emissary for Berklee and jazz across the U.S. and around the world. Appropriately, for its Newport-opening set, the group's current lineup was paired with the accomplished Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, who led the ensemble in a performance of his own compositions.

Set List
  • "Morning Mist"
  • "Mirage"
  • "Endless Wait"
  • "A Thousand Yesterdays"
Personnel

David Sanchez, tenor saxophone; Mao Sone, trumpet; Leandro Pellegrino, guitar; Takafumi Suenaga, piano; Jared Henderson, bass; Jharis Yokley, drums

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