Posted by: music maven | October 27, 2007

And then there’s this….


The Newport Jazz Festival, babay!

Established by George Wein in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has been a pinnacle of performances for over 50 years.

Jazz and music history has been made here. Like Louis Armstrong in 1958….

and Mahalia Jackson

Lord’s Prayer

and Chuck Berry

Sweet Little Sixteen

Muddy Waters in 1960….

Hootchie Kootchie Man

Stevie Ray Vaughn in 1985

Couldn’t Stand the Weather

George Benson, Arturo Sandoval, and Al Jarreau (holy carp!) in 2006

On Broadway

and just this past year greats like the incomparable B. B. King

How Blue Can You Get?

The Newport Jazz Festival has been the venue for many a great performance that have been recorded for posterity. Artists who have recorded Live albums at Newport include: Ray Charles, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald paired with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, Count Basie and Herbie Mann, among others.

The 1958 Festival was captured in the documentary film, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, released in 1960. We could actually be in Newport for the 50th anniversary of that historic Festival that highlighted some of the famous performances included above. The wonderful musical sounds, in conjunction with the fabulous sites….

The 2008 actual dates have not been confirmed but it will be in the month of August. Last year’s Festival was August 10th -12th, so……maybe, just maybe…




  1. And not a twang within earshot

  2. There’s also a folk festival in Newport in August. Amos Lee & Grace Potter were there this year!

  3. Cool. I keep forgetting to look over here. Could we really be lucky enough to coincide with a music fest in Newport?

  4. Ack! I didn’t see this post until I actually visited the site! Stupid Google Reader.

    Very cool. Although, as awesome as the trio of George Benson, Arturo Sandoval and Al Jarreau would have been, I think that given a choice, I’d go for an Amos Lee and Grace Potter duo.

    Throw in Norah Jones (hey, she can do both festivals, right?) and I might – just might – be so excited I’d forget my camera.

    Or not.

    Likely not.

    Yeah, definitely not.

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