Newport Jazz Festival


There's no one person responsible for creating music festivals — or for making them such a huge part of how we witness live performances today. But starting in 1954, one person developed a recipe for their secret sauce.

George Wein still goes to his signature event every year, checking out performances and greeting the artists. These days, he does it on a golf cart which drives him between stages — he's about to turn 90, after all — but he says he takes his job as producer very seriously.

This year, the Newport Jazz Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary. For most of that time, its guiding force has been producer George Wein, who remembers all too well the first event in 1954.

It was pouring rain. Wein was being urged to call it off but refused. The audience stayed, broke out their umbrellas, and the musicians played. The scene was caught by a photographer.

"And that picture went out all over the world," Wein says, "of people sitting for five hours in the rain, listening to jazz."

What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here.

Can't make it to Rhode Island for this year's Newport Jazz Festival? No worries...just visit us online at for LIVE webcasts starting on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.

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5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

Jul 31, 2013

Major jazz gatherings such as the Newport Jazz Festival — which dates back to 1954 — have always relied on big names to attract visitors. The 2013 edition is no different, with headliners such as Wayne Shorter (with Herbie Hancock), Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri and Esperanza Spalding.

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.

Did you miss our live webcast from the Newport Jazz Festival? No problem!

Click Here to Listen to Sets from Bill Frisell, Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, The Three Cohens, Ryan Truesedell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, and more

The Lineup from Saturday, August 4th

11 am - Broadcast Preview

11:15 am - Pedrito Martinez Group

Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 3, 2012

Aug 3, 2012

Where we are bracing for 16 hours of live Newport broadcasting.