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The Mike Renzi Musicianship Award Benefit

Date: Fri, Apr 28, 2023
Time 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Venue: Newport Classical Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church

Greenvale Vineyards is honored to be a sponsor 'FOR MIKE' at The Newport Classical Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St, Newport, RI on Friday, April 28th.
(Please note, this event is NOT at Greenvale Vineyards)

In celebration of pianist Mike Renzi's life and birthday, a Jazz Concert to benefit The Mike Renzi Musicianship Award. Every year in perpetuity, the award will be granted to a deserving and qualified University of Rhode Island student (limited to a RI resident), majoring in music in any area of concentration. And will be used to assist with expenses for the student including, but not limited to: Tuition, Purchase of Music, Purchase and/or repair of musical instruments(s), Travel for educational purposes.

🍷  Wine & Charcuterie 5:30-6:00pm
🎹  Concert 6:00-7:30pm

Tickets are only available online, using the link below:

Russ Kassoff
"You are the best." -- Frank Sinatra

Russ Kassoff is a jazz pianist, conductor, music director, composer, orchestrator and arranger. He played and toured with Frank Sinatra for many years, often by request. And then with Liza Minnelli for many more. He performed and recorded with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and has accompanied and recorded with Steve Allen, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Sammy Cahn, Vic Damone, Perry Como, Marilyn Maye, Carly Simon, Luciano Pavorotti, Rod Stewart, Carol Sloane, Sylvia Syms and so many more jazz greats. And he continues as music director for Rita Moreno as he has for 20 years.

A good friend to MIke Renzi, they often played in each other's place when one was unavailable for concerts or gigs with those mentioned above, and more . Mike would be so pleased to have Russ here to perform for him and for us on his birthday.