Thursday, August 15, 2019

Postcard from Newport

A broad spectrum of jazz and a few genres added to bolster the crowds made for an interesting weekend at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival. Three days of afternoon concerts drew a total of nearly 20,000 to Fort Adams State Park, including 9,145 on Saturday. Attendance is capped at 10,000 per day.

The August 2-4 event marked the 65th anniversary of the storied festival, which began in 1954 at historic Newport Casino,home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The festival's ties to the site continue, as it hosts the Friday night downtown Newport concert, this year headlined by singer-pianist Jon Batiste. That event drew 2,853 people.

Here is a visual tapestry ....

< The backstage sign post honoring the late greats who performed at Newport over the years was updated to include two New Orleans musicians who died in 2019: Dr. John and Art Neville.

Women of the World

Marcus Strickland

Theon Cross, Sons of Kemet

Kandace Springs
Thundercat drew a younger crowd to the main stage
Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra

Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner

ELEW (Eric Lewis)
David Virelles, Ravi Coltrane

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Daisy

Makaya McKraven checks his phone one last time.
Founding producer George Wein

Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation
Aaron Diehl

Jazz on a summer day, 2019-style

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