Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival lineup set

Whether you like your jazz to be traditional mainstream, big band, edgy, avant garde, Latin- or gospel-tinged, funky or had-bopping, it looks like there is something for everyone at next August's Newport Jazz Festival.

George Wein
Founding producer George Wein and his New York-based production team have expanded their programming for this 60th anniversary event. Yes, it is hard to believe it has been 60 years since the first festival back in July 1954. This actually will be the 50th Newport Jazz Festival held in Newport. The festival moved to New York City after riots in 1971... and didn't return to the city-by-the-sea until 1981.

The August 1-3 festival has an extra full day of programming tacked on, plus a symposium at Fort Adams State Park that will explore how jazz relates to popular culture in today's society, compared to when the festival began in 1954.
The festival will open Friday with a daytime program at the Fort Adams site that features what Wein calls “musicians who have emerged on the scene with distinctive stories to tell through their music." They include Jon Batiste and Stay Human, John Zorn's Masada Marathon, saxophonist Miguel Zenón’s Big Band, the funky fusion jam band Snarky Puppy and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. (See full lineup below.)

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Billie Holiday tribute project will be featured Friday night at historic Newport Casino, where the festival began.

The extensive Saturday and Sunday afternoon programs will include a second set by the Wynton Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, singer Bobby McFerrin’s gospel project spirityouall, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Gary Burton, Gregory Porter, Dave Holland’s Prism quartet and the hard bop unit The Cookers, among many others - and a few more to be announced later.

The line-up for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is as follows:

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park
  • Jon Batiste & Stay Human
  • John Zorn's Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen and many others
  • Miguel Zenón Big Band
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
  • Snarky Puppy
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa - Charlie Parker Project, A World Premier
  • Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin and Dan Weiss
  • Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor, Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott and Kevin Shea
  • Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
  • University of Rhode Island Newport Jazz Big Band
Friday, August 1, 2014, 8 pm
International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport Casino)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - To Billie with Love
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:30 am - 7 pm
Fort Adams State Park
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland
  • Gregory Porter
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band with Jon Cowherd, Chris Thomas, Melvin Butler and Myron Walden
  • Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo with Alvaro Benavides and Jhaire Sala
  • Dick Hyman, Howard Alden and Jay Leonhart
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel’s New Quartet
  • Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn
  • Umbria Jazz presents Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda
  • Symposium on Jazz
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:30 am - 7 pm
Fort Adams State Park
  • Bobby McFerrin's spirityouall
  • David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart and Warren Wolf
  • Dr. John and The Nite Trippers
  • Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley and Marcus Gilmore
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman, 
  • Stephan Crump and Marcus Gilmore
  • Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz and Roman Diaz
  • Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier and Brian Torff
  • Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone and Donald Vega
  • Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • The Cookers: Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart
  • Mingus Big Band
  • The Brubeck Brothers 
  • George Wein’s Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart and Lewis Nash

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