Newport Jazz Festival

Monday's at 8:00 p.m.
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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. 

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Airs Monday, July 14 at 8 p.m. It's been 50 years since 's Dave Brubeck's Time Out, and its crossover hits "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," first appeared in record shops. Brubeck was plenty famous before then — he had already been invited to the Newport Jazz Festival a handful of times — and his musical output continued to evolve afterward. But that album is a large reason why he was invited to George Wein's Newport productions, as much as ever in this 50th anniversary year. What's...

Airs Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. It's hard not to admire what Esperanza Spalding has achieved in the last four years. Soon after she graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music, she was hired as a double bass instructor. Two celebrated albums and several invitations to the White House later, her act has become one of the most sought-after in all of jazz - well prior to her 25th birthday this fall. Since around the release of 2008's Esperanza, Spalding has been presenting a style that blends...

Airs Monday, June 30 at 8 p.m. He is, without question, one of the most talented jazz trumpeters to ever walk the earth. And he's used his skill admirably in the service of bebop ideas advanced by his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. His working band served up bursts of lyricism in abundance — yes, including those altissimo screams. Set List

The Baron
The Hunters and Gatherers
Hey, Lalo!
Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie)
Day Dream (Strayhorn)
Laurelyn

Airs Monday, June 23 at 8 p.m. One of the finest guitar players in jazz history — who made all those classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. Fittingly, Jim Hall's rhythm section at Newport is top-shelf international caliber: Scott Colley (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). And Julian Lage, a much younger guitar phenom, joined in a cross-generational confab of guitar heroes.

Personnel

Jim Hall, guitar
Scott...

Airs Monday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Take a New-Orleans-style brass band, then cram it into a Volkswagen Golf: That's the general principle of how trombonist Ray Anderson's band makes a joyful noise with only four members. Matt Perrine is the sousaphonist of choice for many a New Orleans group; his bass line supports the trombone-trumpet free-for-all. The Pocket Brass Band presents music from his Sweet Chicago Suite, inspired by his hometown.

Personnel

Ray Anderson,...

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