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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

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There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.

But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.

Back-to-back, we hear the Lewis Nash Quintet and the nine-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling, here to introduce his album 1619 Broadway:The Brill Building Project. The album was named for a New York address for songwriters from Duke Ellington to Paul Simon.

Nash Set List
  • "Teddy" (Bobby Hutcherson)

  • "Arioso" (James Williams)

  • "Ain't That Peculiar" (Smokey Robinson)

Elling Set List
  • "Come Fly With Me" (Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen)

  • "Dedicated To You" (Saul Chaplin, Sammy Chan & Hy Zaret)

  • "On Broadway" (Jerry Lieber, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil)

  • "The Waking" (Theodore Roethke)

  • "Golden Lady" (Stevie Wonder)

Credits

Recording and Surround Sound mixes by WBGH's Antonio Oliart.

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