Here are more favorites from the 2022 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, held July 29-31 at Fort Adams State Park. This was my 41st consecutive trip to historic Newport to cover the jazz festival. The streak started when producer George Wein brought the event back to Rhode Island in 1981 after a 10-year hiatus.
This year's festival brought a new addition: a small venue called the Foundation Stage near the edge of the expansive Fort Stage lawn. It featured a variety of bands that played briefly during some of the main stage set changes. They included Sunday's mid-afternoon trio performance featuring trumpeter Michael Dudley. The Cincinnati native was a 2022 winner of an ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. He performed with drummer Eliza Salem and guitarist Robert Papacica. Dudley teaches in the jazz department at SUNY Potsdam.
|Christian McBride, Mike Stern, Brandee Younger|
|Turtle Island String Quartet (w/Terence Blanchard's band)|
|The Michael Dudley Trio|
|Eliza Salem, Michael Dudley, Robert Papacica|