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Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Trio on the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Trio on the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR
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Randy Weston has long nurtured a pan-African outlook in his life and music, having spent years living in Morocco and studying traditions from throughout the continent. And when you're 85, as he is, "long" means from the bebop era to the present day. He remains a distinctive and imposing piano stylist, and his African Rhythms Trio closes the Quad stage on the first day of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Personnel: Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass; Neil Clarke, percussion.