Jazz Performance

Airs Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. When you survey the history of the piano in 20th century American music, there are several individuals, composers and standards, particularly within jazz and popular songs. Performing a recital that traverses these figures and movements, while ensuring that your renditions remain original, is quite a challenge. In the spring of 2013, pianist Marcus Roberts played a concert at our festival that surveyed a broad cross section of 20th century American music. While he's been featured in a variety of musical contexts at our festival over the past decade, Marcus played a 75-minute recital that included distinctive interpretations of works by Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington as well as some original works and gospel pieces. Tune in to hear highlights from this 2013 SMF concert by the inimitable Marcus Roberts. 

Airs Monday, September 30 at 8 p.m. The young trumpet player performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6, 2011. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is only 29; his hover around that age too .But not only are they among the most sought-after and most distinctive players of their generation; they've been working together as a band for years already. Their collaboration bears fruit on 2011's "When The Heart Emerges Glistening," a svelte and darkly modernistic disc highlighted by Akinmusire's clarion solos. The quintet performs from Newport's Harbor Stage.