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Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60

05:01 PM Wednesday 12/11/13 |   |

Newport Jazz Festival is celebrating the big 6-0 in a huge way. Not only is the event expanding to a third day as previously announced, but Newport is hitting the road for a 17-city U.S. tour. The outing, dubbed “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60,” launches in February.

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.