Pearl receives $5,000 scholarship at Newport Jazz Festival

Jay Sweet, executive producer of Newport Jazz Festival, with scholarship winners Matthew Pearl and Luca Simeone, and David Giunta, CEO of the US for Natixis Investment Managers

Region – Matthew Pearl, a recent graduate of Marlborough High School was presented with
a $5,000 2019 George Wein Jazz Ambassador Scholarship Aug. 3 at the Newport Jazz Festival held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I.

Also receiving the scholarship that day was Luca Simeone of Kingston, R.I.

Natixis Investment Managers, the presenting sponsor of the Newport Jazz Festival, awards the scholarships annually, in coordination with the Newport Festivals Foundation, to young artists who have shown tremendous music ability, strong academic achievement, and a commitment to giving back to their communities.

Natixis Investment Managers, one of the world’s largest asset management firms, has been presenting sponsor of the Newport Jazz Festival since 2011 and has awarded $5,000 scholarships to 20 aspiring college-bound musicians over that period. The scholarships are named in celebration of George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and an ambassador for jazz music, who has spent his life working to bring people together through the power of jazz.

David Giunta, CEO of the US for Natixis Investment Managers, presented the scholarships to Pearl and Simeone on the Fort Stage Aug. 3, before the performance of Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Pearl, a tenor saxophone player, is a 2019 graduate of Marlborough High School. He will continue studying jazz at the University of Hartford in the fall.