Jul 28, 2019
The 65th Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers, will take place August 2-4, and artistic director Christian McBride has once again done a fine job in curating a well-rounded musical experience for Festival goers. Just as last year he mixed things up with Living Color and Parliament Funkadelic (both of whose members have their share of jazz cred), this year’s lineup moves from all facets of jazz to World Music, and the rapper Common. The full lineup, which performs on three outdoor stages and an indoor intimate setting as well, is as follows:
Friday Aug 2, 2019: Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bad Plus, Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Women of the World, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society , Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner and Ben Street, Tia Fuller, Dayna Stephens Group, Mwenso and the Shakes, Tom Oren, Mark Stryker, Ben Morris, Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings, Domi and JD Beck, Kandace Springs, and Gary Bartz with Ravi Coltrane and Charles Tolliver.
Later in the evening, Jon Batiste & Friends – Cirinee Beiley Rae, PJ Morton, ELEW and Ethan Iverson – will play at the International Tennis Hall of fame in the annual separately ticketed event.
Saturday Aug 3, 2019: Kamasi Washington, Hancock/McBride/Colauita, Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, And Terreon Gully; Dee Dee Bridgewater, Buika, Ron Carter Trio, Jenny Schienman & Alison Miller’s Parlor Game, Makaya McCraven, Ravi Coltrane and David Virelles, Ghost-Note, Joel Ross, Hailu Mergia, Laurin Talese, Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy, James Francies’ Flight, Royal Bopsters featuring Sheila Jordan, Brandon Goldberg, Laurin Talese and Brian Marsella.
Sunday Aug 4, 2019: Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, PJ Morton, Sons of Kemet, Cecile McLorin Salvant, ELEW, Marcus Strickland Twi-Life, Smithsoneon, , Christian Sands and Helen Sung, Tadataka Unno, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Aaron Diehl, In Common: Walter Smith III, Matt Stevens, Joel Ross, Harish Raghavan, and Kendrick Scott, Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra, Sammy Miller And The Congregation, Common, Tank and the Bangas,, Lauren Sevian, Marika Hughes, Matana Roberts, and Eric Wurzelbacher.
A pretty good weekend, huh?
In addition, there will be the local college bands performing and authors discussing their jazz related books. It’s one of the best weekends of the year.
Podcast 691 is my preview of the Festival, featuring musical selections from some of the acts performing at Newport, including:
Tia Fuller's Diamond Cut - "Soul Eyes"
The Bad Plus - "Hurricane Birds"
Joe Ross' Good Vibes - "It's Already Too Late"
Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Try a Little Tenderness"
Sons of Kemet - "Going Home"
Cecile McLorin Salvant - "The Gentleman is a Dope"