Newport Jazz Festival To Present 45 Acts, Aug. 1–3
Posted 7/29/2014

The Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, is set to take place in Rhode Island from Aug. 1–3.

In celebration of the fest’s 60th anniversary, a group of jazz all-stars will come together as the Newport Now 60 Band featuring clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist-pianist Karrin Allyson, bassist Larry Grenadier, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Randy Brecker and drummer Clarence Penn.

The group—which has already made stops on the summer festival circuit in Montreal, Rochester, N.Y., and Saratoga, N.Y.—will finally hit its namesake festival on Aug. 2.

On Friday—an added day of programming at the traditionally Saturday-and-Sunday-only festival—emerging artists will be in the spotlight. Among the exciting newcomers to this year’s fest are pianist Jon Batiste and Stay Human, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and r&b outfit Snarky Puppy. Friday will also host established saxophonists, including Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Zorn (who will present his Masada Marathon) and Miguel Zenón (with his Identities Big Band).

On Friday evening, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis along with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and trumpeter Theo Croker will perform a special concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

On Saturday, Marsalis will be back with the JALC Orchestra to perform on the Ertegun Fort Stage. Other performers that day will include bassist Dave Holland’s Prism, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, pianist Stefano Bollani and bandolimist Hamilton de Holanda (presented in partnership with Umbria Jazz Festival), vocalist Gregory Porter, vocalist-percussionist Pedrito Martinez, keyboardist-pianist Robert Glasper’s Experiment and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s New Quartet.

On Sunday, the festivities will continue with vocalist Bobby McFerrin’s spirityouall; saxophonist David Sanborn with organist Joey DeFrancesco, drummer Billy Hart and vibist Warren Wolf; keyboardist-vocalist Dr. John and the Nite Trippers; vibist Gary Burton’s New Quintet; saxophonist Ravi Coltrane; the Mingus Big Band; reedist Lee Konitz’s quartet with special guest saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier, Peter Beets and Brian Torff. (The annual Django Festival will continue swinging at its New York City home base, Birdland, from Aug. 5–10.)

Festival founder and pianist George Wein will bring his Newport All-Stars featuring Cohen, Brecker, Penn, guitarist Howard Alden, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and bassist Jay Leonhart to the festival on Sunday.

To celebrate its anniversary, Newport has partnered with Sony Legacy to release, for the first time digitally, six “Live At Newport” albums, including Ellington At Newport, the pianist-composer’s historic 1956 performance; and The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Newport 1958, Brubeck’s tribute to Ellington.

Click here to read an article about the festival’s remarkable 60-year history published in DownBeat’s May 2014 print edition.

For a complete festival lineup, visit newportjazzfest.org.

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The Newport Now 60 Band will perform at its namesake festival on Aug. 2. (Photo: Jimmy Katz)

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