Newport Jazz Festival Hear sets from Wayne Shorter featuring Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter, Mary Halvorson and many more.

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

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Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

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We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.

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David Sanchez With The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert

The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz's top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez In Concert

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Gregory Porter, Live In Concert

The commanding singer named two of his three albums Water and Liquid Spirit. Appropriately, in his triumphant return to Newport, Porter projected his booming voice through day-long rain showers.

Gregory Porter In Concert

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Darcy James Argue conducts the Secret Society in a new big-band piece at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Live In Concert

With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society's Newport set.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society In Concert

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Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

The 60th anniversary of the festival saw more than 45 bands perform overlooking the water in New England. Our photographer captured nearly every 2014 act, through abundant sunshine and driving rain.

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'As Long As They Want To Play': Newport Jazz At 60

Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.

'As Long As They Want To Play': Newport Jazz At 60

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5 Acts Not To Miss At Newport Jazz 2014

The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year, and NPR Music will be there for the anniversary. When we're not recording, we'll be checking out bands led by Vijay Iyer, John Zorn, Ron Carter and more.

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Joshua Redman Quartet, Live In Concert

The sight of the saxophonist raising his foot during a gritty solo has become common to Newport Jazz crowds. His latest record is a collection of ballads, but this program isn't quite so calm.

Joshua Redman Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Marcus Miller, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Few musicians today are as versatile as the bassist, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, film composer, producer ... you get the picture. Miller was also veteran of Miles Davis' last band.

Marcus Miller, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Donny McCaslin Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Donny McCaslin is an imposingly tall fellow and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet — and who wields a sax like few others. The audience didn't know what hit 'em in this live morning performance.

Donny McCaslin Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert

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2013 marked three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it both bebop and funk. Hear their danceable Newport set.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

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A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans tradition, Batiste has an entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band at Juilliard — and does "modern jazz" with a metropolitan flair.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert

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One of the finest guitarists in jazz history — who made classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. Hear him perform with a younger guitar phenom.

Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Live In Concert

The fiery pianist has earned the right to be confident: He's been leading Latin jazz bands for over 50 years. "I don't guess I'm going to excite you with my band," he's been known to say. "I know it."

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival In GIFs

See Michel Camilo's stomping Oxfords and Esperanza Spalding's vibrating bass in pixel portraits.

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Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert

Among the most influential jazz composers ever, the saxophonist turns 80 this year. He returns to Newport to celebrate, and his old friend Herbie Hancock also swung through to mark the occasion.

Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert

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Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.

Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Rez Abbasi Trio, Live In Concert

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The guitarist's electronics-enhanced trio is driven by what its leader calls "textural surprise. On stage, that's a point of departure for a sonically diverse set of original compositions.

Rez Abbasi Trio, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert

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Take a New-Orleans-style brass band, then shrink it: That's the general principle of how the trombonist's band makes a joyful noise with only four members, his sousaphone, and attitude.

Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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