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Highlights: The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival In Photos

  • Before noon Saturday, the quartet led by charismatic conguero Pedrito Martinez had its audience gyrating to Afro-Cuban rhythms. Bassist Alfaro Benavides provides additional encouragement from the stage.
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    Before noon Saturday, the quartet led by charismatic conguero Pedrito Martinez had its audience gyrating to Afro-Cuban rhythms. Bassist Alfaro Benavides provides additional encouragement from the stage.

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  • Preparations are underway on the main Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival, overlooking the Pell Bridge and the pleasure craft of Narragansett Bay.
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    Preparations are underway on the main Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival, overlooking the Pell Bridge and the pleasure craft of Narragansett Bay.
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  • Song titles like "Three-Legged Tango In Jackson Square" and "Zydeco Clowns On The Lam" clue us into the Southern Gothic imagination of saxophonist John Ellis and his band, Double-Wide. New Orleans resident Matt Perrine played sousaphone bass during the festival's first main-stage show.
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    Song titles like "Three-Legged Tango In Jackson Square" and "Zydeco Clowns On The Lam" clue us into the Southern Gothic imagination of saxophonist John Ellis and his band, Double-Wide. New Orleans resident Matt Perrine played sousaphone bass during the festival's first main-stage show.
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  • Drummer Jack DeJohnette turns 70 the week following Newport 2012, and celebrated the birthday early by performing twice. His first set featured his working band, including microtonal and exotic guitar specialist Dave Fiuczynski.
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    Drummer Jack DeJohnette turns 70 the week following Newport 2012, and celebrated the birthday early by performing twice. His first set featured his working band, including microtonal and exotic guitar specialist Dave Fiuczynski.
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  • Vibraphonist Warren Wolf brought a crystalline resonance to bassist Christian McBride's band Inside Straight. His bandleader looked on approvingly.
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    Vibraphonist Warren Wolf brought a crystalline resonance to bassist Christian McBride's band Inside Straight. His bandleader looked on approvingly.
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  • Christian McBride was all smiles while steering his quintet, Inside Straight. Hours later, he would jam with master drummer Jack DeJohnette during an all-star performance.
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    Christian McBride was all smiles while steering his quintet, Inside Straight. Hours later, he would jam with master drummer Jack DeJohnette during an all-star performance.
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  • Bill Frisell is known as an improviser, but at 61, he says Beatles songs were a huge part of his musical upbringing. It showed in his reinvention of classic John Lennon songs.
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    Bill Frisell is known as an improviser, but at 61, he says Beatles songs were a huge part of his musical upbringing. It showed in his reinvention of classic John Lennon songs.
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  • Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with guitarist Bill Frisell's John Lennon tribute project on the Fort Stage. The following day, she and Frisell would also perform as a fiddle-and-guitar duo.
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    Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with guitarist Bill Frisell's John Lennon tribute project on the Fort Stage. The following day, she and Frisell would also perform as a fiddle-and-guitar duo.
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  • Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum also picked up the melodica during the riveting sextet set led by his colleague of many years, drummer Dafnis Prieto.
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    Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum also picked up the melodica during the riveting sextet set led by his colleague of many years, drummer Dafnis Prieto.
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  • The Cuban bassist Yunior Terry was happy to perform in the band of his countryman, drummer Dafnis Prieto.
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    The Cuban bassist Yunior Terry was happy to perform in the band of his countryman, drummer Dafnis Prieto.
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  • Sharply dressed for the occasion, composer Darcy James Argue led his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, at the main Fort Stage on Saturday.
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    Sharply dressed for the occasion, composer Darcy James Argue led his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, at the main Fort Stage on Saturday.
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  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society opened with a tribute to Argue's late mentor, the composer/arranger and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and gave us an extended peek at its upcoming recording Brooklyn Babylon.
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    Darcy James Argue's Secret Society opened with a tribute to Argue's late mentor, the composer/arranger and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and gave us an extended peek at its upcoming recording Brooklyn Babylon.
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  • Two veteran bandleaders in their own right, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, teamed up this summer to co-lead a band they call Soundprints. They also offered roles to younger musicians like pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh.
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    Two veteran bandleaders in their own right, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, teamed up this summer to co-lead a band they call Soundprints. They also offered roles to younger musicians like pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh.
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  • The reedy convocation billed as 3 Clarinets brought Ken Peplowski on stage with Evan Christopher and Anat Cohen (both not pictured). An able supporting cast included Howard Alden on guitar and Greg Cohen on bass.
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    The reedy convocation billed as 3 Clarinets brought Ken Peplowski on stage with Evan Christopher and Anat Cohen (both not pictured). An able supporting cast included Howard Alden on guitar and Greg Cohen on bass.
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  • Pianist Jason Moran stepped up to the Quad Stage for a loose-limbed duet interlude with master drummer Jack DeJohnette. Moran also played later in the weekend with his own trio, the Bandwagon.
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    Pianist Jason Moran stepped up to the Quad Stage for a loose-limbed duet interlude with master drummer Jack DeJohnette. Moran also played later in the weekend with his own trio, the Bandwagon.
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  • Jack DeJohnette, shown here jamming with an all-star group, has a long history with Newport: He played in the Miles Davis Quintet when it came to the festival in 1969.
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    Jack DeJohnette, shown here jamming with an all-star group, has a long history with Newport: He played in the Miles Davis Quintet when it came to the festival in 1969.
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  • B.B. King's signature adorns a guitar, as seen behind the Fort Stage before the start of Sunday at the Newport Jazz Festival.
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    B.B. King's signature adorns a guitar, as seen behind the Fort Stage before the start of Sunday at the Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Drummer Lewis Nash performed several times at Newport as a sideman, but was also given the opportunity to lead his own quintet during the first performance on Sunday morning. His frequent associate, Peter Washington, held down the bass chair ably.
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    Drummer Lewis Nash performed several times at Newport as a sideman, but was also given the opportunity to lead his own quintet during the first performance on Sunday morning. His frequent associate, Peter Washington, held down the bass chair ably.
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  • Rudresh Mahanthappa presented music from his album Samdhi with a quartet featuring bassist Rich Brown. The alto saxophonist told the audience he was inspired by doping at the 1996 Olympics ("Enhanced Performance") and the leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party ("breakfastlunchanddinner").
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    Rudresh Mahanthappa presented music from his album Samdhi with a quartet featuring bassist Rich Brown. The alto saxophonist told the audience he was inspired by doping at the 1996 Olympics ("Enhanced Performance") and the leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party ("breakfastlunchanddinner").
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  • The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors feature students from around the world, including saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves. Professional drummer Adam Cruz anchored their Fort Stage performance.
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    The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors feature students from around the world, including saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves. Professional drummer Adam Cruz anchored their Fort Stage performance.
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  • The legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans was never able to direct his own music at Newport. But Ryan Truesdell (left) has spent years researching and resurrecting lost Evans masterpieces; he presented some of his findings on the Fort Stage.
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    The legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans was never able to direct his own music at Newport. But Ryan Truesdell (left) has spent years researching and resurrecting lost Evans masterpieces; he presented some of his findings on the Fort Stage.
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  • Tabla player Dan Weiss was one of 24 musicians who appeared on stage for Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project. Weiss would later play both tablas and drum set with Miguel Zenón and Laurent Coq's Rayuela Quartet.
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    Tabla player Dan Weiss was one of 24 musicians who appeared on stage for Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project. Weiss would later play both tablas and drum set with Miguel Zenón and Laurent Coq's Rayuela Quartet.
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  • Members of the Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, including David Peel on French horn and Ryan Keberle on trombone, hang out backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Members of the Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, including David Peel on French horn and Ryan Keberle on trombone, hang out backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • The siblings Yuval (left), Avishai (center) and Anat Cohen play the Fort Stage. As 3 Cohens, they've already released three albums; their Newport set was filled with originals and arrangements of classics by Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.
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    The siblings Yuval (left), Avishai (center) and Anat Cohen play the Fort Stage. As 3 Cohens, they've already released three albums; their Newport set was filled with originals and arrangements of classics by Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.
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  • Gretchen Parlato (right) and Lionel Loueke met in a prestigious graduate jazz program and have been performing together ever since. They've previously led their own bands at Newport, but on Sunday at the Harbor Stage, they were offered a more intimate billing.
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    Gretchen Parlato (right) and Lionel Loueke met in a prestigious graduate jazz program and have been performing together ever since. They've previously led their own bands at Newport, but on Sunday at the Harbor Stage, they were offered a more intimate billing.
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  • The folky singer-songwriter Becca Stevens was billed as a special guest with the duo of Lionel Loueke and Gretchen Parlato.
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    The folky singer-songwriter Becca Stevens was billed as a special guest with the duo of Lionel Loueke and Gretchen Parlato.
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  • Kurt Elling offered twisty original lyrics and fresh re-scorings of pop songs during his set at the Quad Stage.
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    Kurt Elling offered twisty original lyrics and fresh re-scorings of pop songs during his set at the Quad Stage.
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  • Vocalists Kurt Elling (left) and Theo Bleckmann (center) were crucial to drummer John Hollenbeck's setting of the poems of Kenneth Patchen. Hollenbeck brought his unique Claudia Quintet, which was actually a sextet with the addition of a pianist.
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    Vocalists Kurt Elling (left) and Theo Bleckmann (center) were crucial to drummer John Hollenbeck's setting of the poems of Kenneth Patchen. Hollenbeck brought his unique Claudia Quintet, which was actually a sextet with the addition of a pianist.
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  • The husband-and-wife team of guitar hero Derek Trucks and mighty singer Susan Tedeschi perform on the Fort Stage. The 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band closed out Newport with a show which lasted nearly two hours.
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    The husband-and-wife team of guitar hero Derek Trucks and mighty singer Susan Tedeschi perform on the Fort Stage. The 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band closed out Newport with a show which lasted nearly two hours.
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  • A large and relaxed crowd scattered about the Fort Stage plain for the closing Tedeschi Trucks Band performance.
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    A large and relaxed crowd scattered about the Fort Stage plain for the closing Tedeschi Trucks Band performance.
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  • The Tedeschi Trucks Band inspired a few dancers as blue skies turned to misty twilight on Sunday of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    The Tedeschi Trucks Band inspired a few dancers as blue skies turned to misty twilight on Sunday of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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The tents have been collapsed, the fog has rolled in and the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone — but not before photographer Erik Jacobs captured these brilliant images for us.

This year's edition found the festival cultivating a core of performers, including repeat visitors Rudresh Mahanthappa, Anat Cohen, Miguel Zenón, Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue and John Hollenbeck. Of course, it also honored fan favorites with high-profile gigs (Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Tedeschi Trucks Band), living giants with multiple bookings (Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell) and departed legends with special programming (Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, among other tributes). And it continues to search for unique new visions, like those of Cuban percussionists Pedrito Martinez and Dafnis Prieto or saxophonist John Ellis.

You can hear our recordings of many of these musicians' sets at npr.org/newportjazz. And you can see even more photos from the 2012 Newport Folk Festival on the NPR Music Facebook page.

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