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Newport Jazz Festival

Hear sets from the "grandfather of jazz festivals" on the coast of Rhode Island

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Newport Folk And Jazz Festivals Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Two of the U.S.' most influential and storied summer music festivals have been canceled for 2020, due to coronavirus concerns. The sibling events were scheduled to take place in July and August.

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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.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human In Concert

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The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

A group of European gypsy jazz masters closed out the Newport Jazz Festival with a dazzling set full of flying fingers. After everyone left, we asked the players to perform one more just for us.

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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'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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