Newport Jazz Festival
Aug 4, 2013 — Among the most influential jazz composers of all time, the saxophonist turns 80 this year. He returns to Newport with his crackerjack quartet to celebrate, and his old friend Herbie Hancock also swung through Rhode Island to mark the occasion.
Aug 4, 2013 — One gets the sense that the pianist feels completely at ease with his Experiment quartet, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.
Aug 5, 2013 — The fiery pianist has earned the right to be confident: He's been leading Latin jazz bands for more than 50 years. "I don't guess I'm going to excite you with my band," he's been known to say. "I know it." For a main stage performance, he assembled a large group for maximum effect.
Aug 5, 2013 — 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. He's joined by a much younger guitar phenom in a cross-generational confab of guitar heroes.
Aug 5, 2013 — A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jon Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. And yes, there's a tuba.
Aug 23, 2013 — The sight of the saxophonist raising his foot at the apex of a gritty solo has become common to Newport Jazz crowds — always an entirely welcome vision. His latest record, Walking Shadows, is a collection of ballads, but this program from the main stage isn't quite so calm.
Aug 5, 2013 — See Michel Camilo's stomping Oxfords and Esperanza Spalding's vibrating bass in pixel portraits.
Aug 4, 2013 — Here's the next great male jazz singer. The forthcoming Liquid Spirit is great, but he's even better live, surrounded with a long-running band that knows what he's after and enables it splendidly. As he might say, clap your hands now.
Aug 4, 2013 — A guitarist who sounds like no other, Halvorson can both astound and confound, with craggy phrasing, strange pitch-bends and pedal effects galore. She arrives at Newport as a bandleader, directing a classic instrumentation through several left-hand turns.
Aug 5, 2013 — This year actually marks three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it with both bebop and funk. One of the original new-school New Orleans brass bands ignites dancing in the aisles.