Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix

Jul 30, 2012
Originally published on August 7, 2012 10:52 am

The experience of going to the Newport Jazz Festival actually starts before you get there. The community of Newport sits at the tip of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island — the exact festival location even more so — which means you're going to need to cross a big bridge or hop a boat. You'll probably pass through the old resort community of Newport, and by its massive oceanside mansions. It'll be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a stabilizing ocean breeze. And then there's the music.

If you don't manage to traverse Narragansett Bay, this year NPR Music and its partners WBGO and WGBH will offer a live video webcast of the Newport Jazz Festival Aug. 4-5, then an archived recording. As a way of previewing this year's lineup, we've put together a collection of artists appearing at Newport 2012, from living legends to young phenoms. Wherever possible, we found recordings of the actual bands on the festival lineup, with a few classics some artists might just pull out of their arsenals as well.

You can hear a broader selection from all these artists on WBGO's HD2 and online stream The Jazz Bee. And once again, information about NPR Music's coverage from Newport is all at

Artists In This Mix:

3 Cohens (Yuval, Anat & Avishai) • Ambrose Akinmusire • Anat Cohen (3 Cohens, 3 Clarinets) • Becca Stevens • Bill Frisell • Brian Lynch feat. Pedrito Martinez • Catherine Russell • Christian McBride & Inside Straight • Dafnis Prieto • Darcy James Argue • Dave Douglas • Dianne Reeves • Dr. John • Evan Christopher (3 Clarinets) • Gretchen Parlato • Jack DeJohnette • James Carter • Jason Moran • Jenny Scheinman • Joe Lovano • John Ellis & Double-Wide • John Hollenbeck & The Claudia Quintet +1 • Jon Cleary • Jonathan Batiste • Ken Peplowski (3 Clarinets) • Kurt Elling • Laurent Coq • Lewis Nash • Lionel Loueke • Maria Schneider Orchestra • Miguel Zenon • Pat Metheny Unity Band • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Rudresh Mahanthappa • Ryan Truesdell/Gil Evans • Tedeschi Trucks Band • The Bad Plus • Vince Giordano • Yosvany Terry feat. Pedrito Martinez

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