Jazz

6:09pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Miguel Zenon Rayuela Quartet Live From Newport

It may be billed as a gig for the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who is making his third Newport appearance in four years, but he would refuse complete credit. He teamed up with the French pianist Laurent Coq to co-write an album's worth of music inspired on the high-modernist Julio Cortázar novel HopscotchRayuela, in the original Spanish. It calls for a cello and a trombone — Dana Leong plays both — and a drummer who can play tablas, so an obvious choice was Dan Weiss. Together, the quartet's literary and musical imagination runs wild.

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4:41pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Ryan Truesdell conducts his Gil Evans Centennial Project onstage at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, according to composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell. He's culled, researched, transcribed and completed a handful of the best for Evans' 100th birthday anniversary. It helps that he's the lead copyist for composer Maria Schneider; he's borrowed much of her orchestra to record and now perform this rich, intensely-hued material.

Set List

  • "Dancing On A Great Big Rainbow"
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4:40pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Three Cohens, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:15 pm

The Three Cohens — Anat (right), Avishai (trumpet, center) and Yuval (left) — perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Three Cohens Live From Newport

Yuval (saxophone), Anat (reeds) and Avishai (trumpet) Cohen are siblings from Israel. They're also among the growing number of terrific jazz musicians from that country; Anat and Avishai have both had bookings for their own bands at Newport in recent years. Naturally, the three Cohens occasionally record and perform together as a band, whose original pieces and arrangements are supported by a rhythm section. It's a family reunion you won't secretly dread.

Set List

  • "Blues For Dandi's Orange Bull Chasing An Orange Sack"
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3:59pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Rudresh Mahanthappa And Samdhi, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa performs with bassist Rich Brown at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa And Samdhi Live From Newport

Buoyed by a Guggenheim Fellowship, the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa made an album in 2008 which integrated his love of South Asian music and funk and hip-hop and electronic music and kitchen sinks. He's finally getting to tour the music of the record Samdhi now, and with guitar (David Gilmore) and bass guitar (Rich Brown), it's electric, literally and figuratively.

Set List

  • "Killer"
  • "Enhanced Performance"
  • "Playing With Stones"
  • "breakfastlunchanddinner"
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3:23pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Lewis Nash Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:12 pm

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Drummer Lewis Nash is certainly no stranger to prestigious festival stages; he's served in bands led by Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis and Tommy Flanagan. (And that was relatively early in his career, too.) So it's a great move to give the supporting cast member, who truly innovates within jazz traditions, a share of the spotlight. One of the bands he leads features the front line of Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Jimmy Greene (tenor sax); it's a classic quintet lineup, and it's the first on stage on day two at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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10:21am

Sun August 5, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Jack DeJohnette All-Stars, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Jack DeJohnette performs with his All-Stars at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Jack DeJohnette All-Stars Live From Newport

The drummer has had a busy year already, having accepted the NEA Jazz Masters award and having released a new album, Sound Travels. He continues his year-long 70th birthday celebration by assembling this ad hoc band of leading lights like guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Christian McBride, who are both leading their own gigs this year.

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7:45pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Pedrito Martinez Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Vocalist and conguero Pedrito Martinez (center) performs with bassist Alvaro Benavides (right) at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR
  • Pedrito Martinez Group Live From Newport

Since he came over from Cuba around the turn of the century, the phenomenally talented percussionist Pedrito Martinez has become the conguero of choice for scores of bands. And most weeks in New York City, you can see him with his own, gigging several nights a week at a Cuban restaurant south of Central Park. The Pedrito Martinez Group places him at the congas and behind a microphone, where he exhibits a certain natural charisma. And though we haven't yet heard a studio album from the band, we already know that it goes way beyond what you'd think of Afro-Cuban music and/or jazz.

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6:59pm

Sat August 4, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Sunday

Jenny Scheinman and Bill Frisell perform songs of John Lennon on Saturday of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. The two will perform as a duo on Sunday.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

After a sunny, warm afternoon on the Rhode Island shore, the first full day of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone. If you've got a free moment, you can already replay many of the sets we recorded online. But starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, we'll be presenting eight more hours of live video from the festival at npr.org/newportjazz. Here's what's on tap:

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4:55pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Jazz

Abbey LIncoln Salute

Anna Marie Woodbridge (Abbey Lincoln) was born on August 6,1930 in Chicago Illinois. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Monday evening for a musical salute to Abbey Lincoln on her birthday.

2:03am

Sat August 4, 2012
Music Interviews

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 11:43 am

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig, came out in May.
Michael G. Stewart

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.

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