Last week Newport announced that its annual festival would expand to three days Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I.
The tour features a seven-piece ensemble picked by festival curator George Wein. With clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen heading the group as its musical director, the “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” band includes vocalist Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker on trumpet, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, Larry Grenadie on bass, and drummer Clarence Penn.
“Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” gives the festival a chance to honor its history in addition to showcasing how it does such a fantastic job of presenting contemporary jazz artists.
The plan for the tour is to feature music from throughout the past six decades of Newport Jazz including tunes from the artists you know on a first name basis like Louis, Duke and Miles, along with Latin, Brazilian and fusion jazz. With Cohen as the musical director you can expect a variety of styles to be performed. She’s described as “a master of swing, be-bop and New Orleans music in addition to Brazilian, Latin & gypsy music.”
Here’s the itinerary:
Feb. 8 – Atlanta, Ga., Emory University
Feb. 13 – Boston, Mass., Berklee Performance Center
Feb. 15 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Feb. 16 – North Bethesda, Md., Music Center At Strathmore
March 4 – New York, N.Y., Jazz Standard
March 5 – New York, N.Y., Jazz Standard
March 6 – New York, N.Y., Jazz Standard
March 7 – New York, N.Y., Jazz Standard
March 8 – New York, N.Y., Jazz Standard
March 9 – Philadelphia, Pa., Merriam Theater
March 14 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Lobero Theatre
March 15 – Los Angeles, Calif., Walt Disney Concert Hall
March 20 – Columbia, Mo., Missouri Theatre
March 21 – Springfield, Mo., Juanita K. Hammons Hall For The Perf. Arts
March 22 – Kansas City, Mo., Gem Theatre
March 23 – Chicago, Ill., Old Town School Of Folk Music
March 26 – Benton Harbor, Mich., Mendel Center
March 27 – East Lansing, Mich., Wharton Center For Performing Arts
March 28 – Madison, Wis., Overture Center For The Arts
March 29 – Brookfield, Wis., Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
March 30 – St. Louis, Mo., Sheldon Concert Hall
Tickets are on sale now.
For more information visit NewportJazzFest.net.