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Newport Jazz Festival
5:58 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kurt Elling, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 10:41 am

A classic male singer, Kurt Elling has an old-school vibe to everything from his mannered stage banter to his declamatory, full-chested delivery. But he isn't afraid to write brainy, twisty lyrics over an obscure jazz number, or take a pop song back to the drawing board. He can do a lot with his voice, you see, and the band featuring long-time collaborator Laurence Hobgood, a pianist, helps to set the stage.

Set List

  • "Come Fly With Me"
  • "Dedicated To You"
  • "Samurai Cowboy"
  • "On Broadway"
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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
3:55 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
Ron Case Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:04 pm

The Mom and Dad's Record Collection series on All Things Considered continues with a memory of music and family from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts.

Pitts says his childhood mischief was set to the music of Nat King Cole, often courtesy of his mother's own voice. One afternoon, he remembers, she was singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" while he played out back.

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A Blog Supreme
9:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Highlights: The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival In Photos

David Gilmore from Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi is all smiles at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:13 pm

The tents have been collapsed, the fog has rolled in and the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone — but not before photographer Erik Jacobs captured these brilliant images for us.

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Newport Jazz Festival
7:08 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves (right) of The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Live From Newport

Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music, just up the road from Newport, has produced top jazz musicians for decades. Driven by the leadership of Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the school has expanded its jazz vision internationally, developing an initiative to recruit from and bring on tour around the world. Berklee's current Global Jazz Ambassadors are joined here by professional musician Adam Cruz, whose shimmering 2011 debut album Milestone showed off his talent both in front of the band and behind the drum kit.

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Newport Jazz Festival
6:24 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Jenny Scheinman And Bill Frisell Live From Newport

The violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Bill Frisell have both developed reputations for flexibility — for being able to collaborate with any musicians from country rockers to straight-ahead swing barons. Appropriately, they've been working together in bands for quite a long time now, including in Frisell's John Lennon tribute earlier in the festival. This duo performance features the two alone together, working out stripped-down versions of Scheinman's fiddle tunes.

Set List

  • "Einsamaller"
  • "Sidiki / Jara Bi"
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Newport Jazz Festival
6:09 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Miguel Zenon Rayuela Quartet Live From Newport

It may be billed as a gig for the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who is making his third Newport appearance in four years, but he would refuse complete credit. He teamed up with the French pianist Laurent Coq to co-write an album's worth of music inspired on the high-modernist Julio Cortázar novel HopscotchRayuela, in the original Spanish. It calls for a cello and a trombone — Dana Leong plays both — and a drummer who can play tablas, so an obvious choice was Dan Weiss. Together, the quartet's literary and musical imagination runs wild.

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Newport Jazz Festival
4:41 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Ryan Truesdell conducts his Gil Evans Centennial Project onstage at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, according to composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell. He's culled, researched, transcribed and completed a handful of the best for Evans' 100th birthday anniversary. It helps that he's the lead copyist for composer Maria Schneider; he's borrowed much of her orchestra to record and now perform this rich, intensely-hued material.

Set List

  • "Dancing On A Great Big Rainbow"
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Newport Jazz Festival
4:40 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Three Cohens, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

The Three Cohens — Anat (right), Avishai (trumpet, center) and Yuval (left) — perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:15 pm

  • Three Cohens Live From Newport

Yuval (saxophone), Anat (reeds) and Avishai (trumpet) Cohen are siblings from Israel. They're also among the growing number of terrific jazz musicians from that country; Anat and Avishai have both had bookings for their own bands at Newport in recent years. Naturally, the three Cohens occasionally record and perform together as a band, whose original pieces and arrangements are supported by a rhythm section. It's a family reunion you won't secretly dread.

Set List

  • "Blues For Dandi's Orange Bull Chasing An Orange Sack"
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Newport Jazz Festival
3:59 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Rudresh Mahanthappa And Samdhi, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa performs with bassist Rich Brown at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Rudresh Mahanthappa And Samdhi Live From Newport

Buoyed by a Guggenheim Fellowship, the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa made an album in 2008 which integrated his love of South Asian music and funk and hip-hop and electronic music and kitchen sinks. He's finally getting to tour the music of the record Samdhi now, and with guitar (David Gilmore) and bass guitar (Rich Brown), it's electric, literally and figuratively.

Set List

  • "Killer"
  • "Enhanced Performance"
  • "Playing With Stones"
  • "breakfastlunchanddinner"
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Newport Jazz Festival
3:23 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Lewis Nash Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:12 pm

Drummer Lewis Nash is certainly no stranger to prestigious festival stages; he's served in bands led by Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis and Tommy Flanagan. (And that was relatively early in his career, too.) So it's a great move to give the supporting cast member, who truly innovates within jazz traditions, a share of the spotlight. One of the bands he leads features the front line of Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Jimmy Greene (tenor sax); it's a classic quintet lineup, and it's the first on stage on day two at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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