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Hiromi, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2011

August 6, 2011 Hear the first of the dynamic Japanese pianist's two shows at Newport.

Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
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Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.

Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.

The Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara — who records as Hiromi — is a dynamo of a performer. She'll reach into the piano and dampen the strings; she'll bob and grunt and contort and otherwise rock, all while playing dizzying runs of jaw-dropping technique. For the first of her two shows at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, she was unaccompanied, much like on her 2010 album Place To Be. But she played with the force of four hands from the expansive Fort Stage overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Personnel: Hiromi Uehara, piano.

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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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