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Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 7, 2012 – The mannered, declamatory singer bellows in front of a band featuring pianist Laurence Hobgood. WGBH

David Gilmore from Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi is all smiles at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 6, 2012 – View a gallery featuring Jack DeJohnette, Jenny Scheinman, Kurt Elling and Bill Frisell.

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – The drummer sets the poems of Kenneth Patchen to music, with singers Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann. WBGO

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Saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves  (right) of The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – Top students from the school's international program perform with the sparkling drummer Adam Cruz.

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Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – The saxophonist teams up with pianist Laurent Coq to write music based on a Julio Cortázar novel. WGBH

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Ryan Truesdell conducts his Gil Evans Centennial Project onstage at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – What if the late composer-arranger Gil Evans left behind unrecorded masterpieces? Here's the answer.

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The Three Cohens — Anat (right), Avishai (trumpet, center) and Yuval (left) — perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen are top-tier jazz musicians. They're also siblings in a family band.

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Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – The flexible, long-time collaborators perform alone together on stage, thinking on their feet. WBGO

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Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa performs with bassist Rich Brown at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – Blending South Asian music with funk, the saxophonist's band is electric, literally and otherwise. WBGO

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Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – A drummer who innovates within jazz traditions leads a classic quintet lineup. WGBH

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Jack DeJohnette performs with his All-Stars at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 5, 2012 – The master drummer continues his year-long 70th birthday celebration by opening his Rolodex.

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The 3 Clarinets — (left to right) Evan Christopher, Ken Peplowski and Anat Cohen — play on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – Ken Peplowski, Evan Christopher and Anat Cohen headline this reedy convocation of woodwinds. WBGO

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Bill Frisell performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – With his inventive arrangements, the guitarist doesn't hide his love away for classic Beatles tunes.

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Darcy James Argue conducts his Secret Society at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – The composer has steadily been rescuing the big band from the dustbin of anachronism.

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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.