Friday, February 12, 2019 – Newport News, VA.

Kelly Rossum, Director of Jazz Program, Christopher Newport University

The Christopher Newport University Jazz Ensemble, along with special guest musician Jae Sinnett will present a concert on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:00pm in Peebles Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

In 2000, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner attended a student jazz recital. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, he saw an opportunity for a new partnership – universities would provide the musical talent and the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. Today, Jazz4Justice™ concerts are held throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus far, Jazz4Justice™ has raised over $400,000 for music scholarships and an array of educational and charitable services benefiting Virginia’s local communities. Jazz4Justice™ has received awards from the American and Virginia State Bar Associations. This March, we are pleased to present the sixth annual Jazz4Justice™ Concert at Christopher Newport University – the product of a unique partnership between the Newport News Bar Association, the Peninsula Bar Association and the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association along with Christopher Newport University. The fundraising event supports the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia and provides dedicated scholarship and support for the CNU Jazz Program.

“With [fourteen] albums to his credit over the past three decades, a quarter century of work as a jazz radio personality, a sterling reputation as an educator, and vast composition credits spanning genres and formats, Sinnett has practically done it all. – All About

We are truly excited to be featuring master musician Jae Sinnett at this year’s Jazz4Justice event. Not only is he a brilliant drummer, he is also a supremely talented composer and singer as well. He will be featured behind the drumset accompanied by the Christopher Newport University Jazz Ensemble.

“Rossum is gifted to a philosophical level of musical understanding” – Jazz Improv Magazine.
Kelly Rossum is an international trumpet artist, improviser and composer. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany. Kelly has released five albums as a leader and has appeared on over 40 recordings as a sideman. Kelly Rossum is the Director of the Jazz Program and Trumpet Professor at Christopher Newport University.

The Christopher Newport Jazz Ensemble with special guest Jae Sinnett performs Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 7:00pm. For tickets contact Ferguson Center for the Arts ticket office at (757) 594-8752 or visit for more information. The Ferguson Center is located at Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606.

Located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, Christopher Newport is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core. The beautiful, 260-acre campus integrates the University’s liberal arts and sciences vision, nurturing mind, body and spirit. The campus includes the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the world’s most comprehensive maritime research collections; three new academic buildings; The Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the world’s finest performing artists.

Department of Music
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, CNU offers the bachelor of music degree with concentrations in composition, music education and performance; the bachelor of arts degree with a major in music; and the master of arts in teaching degree in music education. Professional instruction is available on all woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as piano, harpsichord, organ, and in voice, composition, improvisation and conducting.

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