Newport Jazz Festival

Monday's at 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Wally Derleth

The Newport Jazz Festival, The First American Jazz Festival, was founded in 1954, and has been host to numerous legendary performances by iconic historic figures and contemporary geniuses. Historic moments since its inception include performance by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Referred to as a Mecca of jazz, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city which is famed in its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. 




Tue February 19, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: The Jack DeJohnette Group Live

Airs Tuesday, February 19 at 9 p.m. The great drummer turns 70 during the week following the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, but he's certainly not going quietly into retirement age. Lately, he's been leading a quintet which combines a brilliant saxophonist fluent in South Asian music (Rudresh Mahanthappa), an electric guitarist known for microtonal experiments (Dave Fiuczynski) and the combination of keyboards (George Colligan) and acoustic bass guitar (Jerome Harris).

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Tue February 5, 2013
Newport Jazz

Newport Jazz Festival: Bill Frisell Live

Airs Tuesday, February 5 at 9 p.m.  Bill Frisell is a soft-spoken guy who does a lot of talking with his guitar — and its pedals and effects. So perhaps it's appropriate that he recently issued an album called All We Are Saying, a collection of John Lennon songs. Though he's known primarily for working with other improvisers, he's of the Baby Boomer generation, and he doesn't hide his love for Beatles songs away. With a band including steel guitarist Greg Leisz, violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer Kenny Wollesen, Frisell doesn't reinvent the wheel — but he certainly gives it a new spin.

Set List:    "Across The Universe"    "Beautiful Boy"    "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"    "#9 Dream"    "Come Together"    "In My Life"    "Strawberry Fields Forever" This concert is made possible by NPR Music and was recorded at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.


Tue January 22, 2013
Past Newport Jazz Concerts

Past Concerts from Newport Jazz on Red River Radio

Below are the past concerts that have been featured on Red River Radio.

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Tue April 3, 2012
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Newport Jazz Festival: Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio

Airs Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. Randy Weston has long nurtured a pan-African outlook in his life and music, having spent years living in Morocco and studying traditions from throughout the continent. And when you're 85, as he is, "long" means from the bebop era to the present day. He remains a distinctive and imposing piano stylist, and his African Rhythms Trio closes the Quad stage on the first day of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.


Tue March 27, 2012
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Newport Jazz Festival: Ravi Coltrane Quartet In Concert

Airs Tuesday, March 27 at 9:00 p.m. His bloodline alone makes him something of a prince of jazz. But his legendary father died when he was a toddler, and Ravi Coltrane blazed his own trail on the tenor saxophone; indeed, his ideas about composition and flow and tone sound most at home with his own generation of improvisers. His quartet has developed a new set of repertoire for a new album in the works. We get a good midterm progress report from the Harbor Stage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.