We're continuing our Meet The Jazz Audience series at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, where Blogger Supreme Lara Pellegrinelli wandered the grounds, interviewing members of the crowd. For more coverage of the festival, including full concert downloads, visit NPR.org/newportjazz. —Ed.
Lara Pellegrinelli for NPR
Michael Jones, of Newport, R.I. listening to Ken Vandermark and Powerhouse Sound.
Michael Jones, of Newport, R.I. listening to Ken Vandermark and Powerhouse Sound. Lara Pellegrinelli for NPR
Michael Jones, 52
Town: Newport by way of Antigua
Whoo! Whoo! WHOO!!! YES!!! I FEEL YOU!!! WHOOOOOO!!!
I hate to interrupt you, but what is this you're watching?
I'm watching an off-the-chart bunch of musicians! They are performing incredibly. I've never heard this sound at the jazz festival before.
You've been here before?
This is my fourth year.
Where are you from?
I'm from Newport, but I was born in Antigua.
What do you do here in Newport?
I'm a musician. I play a lot of different kinds of music, a lot of instruments. And I'm just enjoying my jazz festival.
So you would recommend Ken Vandermark to others?
Yes. I've never heard anything like it. This is what jazz should be about. No programs — just all heart. I'm so happy that I can’t describe it.