Newport Jazz Festival

8:00pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet In Concert

Rez Abbasi

Airs Monday, August 18 at 8 p.m. Guitarist Rez Abbasi has spent plenty of time immersing himself in South Asian music; he also has plenty of full-on jazz chops. In his own music as a bandleader, he treads in the wide space between one and the other. Abbasi's set at the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., features his latest band, a group that features his acoustic guitar paired with vibraphone, bass and drums.

Personnel

Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar
Bill Ware, vibraphone
Stephan Crump, bass
Eric McPherson, drums

Set List

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8:00pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: James Carter Organ Trio Live

Airs Monday, August 11 at 8 p.m. James Carter resists category. He plays the tenor, baritone and soprano saxes, plus the flute and bass clarinet. He clearly aligns himself with classic jazz, though his output is so varied that you couldn't possibly call him conservative. Perhaps it's best to say that he's a fiery, obvious talent whose musical imagination spans all of jazz history at once.

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8:00pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Brian Blade

Airs Monday, August 4 at 8 p.m. One of the drawbacks to being one of the world's best (and most versatile) drummers is that you stay incredibly busy. Too busy, sometimes, to focus on creating your own projects rather than servicing those of others. Luckily, the spotlight has returned in recent years to , who has released his first album as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter (this year's spiritually-tinged Mama Rosa) and has been touring with his beloved, long-standing Fellowship Band.

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8:00pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Vijay Iyer Trio

Airs Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Vijay Iyer might be a genius. He has a master's degree in physics, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from Berkeley. He's also a largely self-taught pianist — and a powerhouse player at that — and composer for string quartet, theatre, film, orchestra, spoken-word multimedia, free improvisation, ESPN commercials, etc. And as a jazz bandleader, his quartets and trios translate his post-idiomatic artistic outlook into spiky, supercharged songs.

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8:00pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Joe Lovano UsFive

Joe Lovano

Airs Monday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Jazz audiences mostly know Joe Lovano as a top-drawer, burly-toned tenor saxophonist. He bears a massive catalog of recordings, which he seemingly appends multiple times a year over the last 20-plus years. But at Berklee College of Music, his alma mater and employer, he's just one of many talented teachers on staff. It's where he met talent like Cuban virtuoso drummer and star ascendant bassist , with whom he formed a sort of faculty trio some years ago.

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