“Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60”
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Often the term “all-star band” gets bandied about far too often; not so in this case as Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 brings together a septet comprised of some of today’s most noteworthy artists. Yet, this is a classic case of, despite the individuals’ respective abilities, the whole being even greater than the sum of its parts.
The concert repertoire will span the festival’s lifetime, as Jazz Series favorite Anat Cohen makes a return visit to serve as the ensemble’s musical director. The clarinetist/saxophonist will lead the septet through an iconic musical journey that visits the worlds of Louis, Duke, Ella and Miles – each frequent Newport Jazz Fest performers – to Latin, Brazilian and fusion musical explorations.
Joining Cohen on the front line: multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson, the one-time Kansas Citian who sings fluently in four languages; 5-time GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, whose musical vocabulary has spanned virtually every style in his four-decade career; and guitarist Mark Whitfield, whose credits, appropriate to this tour, run from Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clark Terry and Herbie Hancock to Sting and Diana Krall. Meanwhile, the rhythm section incorporates St. Louis native, pianist Peter Martin, who continues his musical relationship vocalist Dianne Reeves; bassist Larry Grenadier, a long-standing member of the Brad Mehldau Trio; and in-demand, first-call drummer Clarence Penn who, since bursting on the scene some 20 years ago, has appeared on more than 100 recordings.
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Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60