The 2023 Rivers & RSC Jazz Festival will feature multi-Grammy Award-winning bassist and Berklee College of Music professor Oscar Stagnaro as this year’s guest artist. Stagnaro is revered for his Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz compositions and pedagogy. Before their trip to Cuba in March 2024, Rivers Jazz students will be giving a send-off performance at the festival with Stagnaro’s compositions and arrangements, including “Mariella’s Dream” and “Homenaje a Arequipa.”
Stagnaro will be closing the event with works by multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy winning artist Paquito D'Rivera. Stagnaro has been performing in D’Rivera’s own quintet since the early ‘90s.
The Rivers & RSC Jazz Festival began in 2007 and is a full-day event filled with music performed by The Rivers School and The Rivers School Conservatory’s jazz ensembles. Over the years, the ensembles have performed tunes representing a variety of jazz styles including bebop, fusion, and contemporary. Numerous world-class jazz artists have been featured artists at the festival, among them are: Harvey Diamond, George Garzone, Greg Hopkins, Bill Lowe, Donny McCaslin, New World Jazz Octet, Adam Niewood, Mario Pavone, and Bruno Råberg.
Saturday, November 18, 2023 Campus Center, Kraft Dining Hall
Doors Open: 12:30 p.m.
Concerts Begin: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Final Concert: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission to the Rivers & RSC Jazz Festival is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please register in advance to be guaranteed admission.
• RSC Combos • Combos from the Conservatory Program at The Rivers School • Rivers Middle and Upper School Bands • Rivers Select I and II Combos • Rivers Honors Big Band • Noble & Greenough School Big Band • Featured Artist Oscar Stagnaro