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The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 tour will both celebrate the great history of the Newport Jazz Festival and it's current role as one of the most active presenters of contemporary jazz artists in the world.
The Newport Jazz Festival's historical moments and recordings have been well-documented but during the past 10 years, the festival has made new news by continuing to be at the forefront of discovering new talent and nurturing the incredible creative community of jazz and related music that thrives today.
George Wein, the producer of the Newport Jazz Festival since it's inception in 1954, and now at 87-years young, continues to hear live jazz in the clubs of NYC on a regular basis and has focused the programming of the festival towards the young composers and musicians who perform nightly in those venues.
The title of the tour celebrates the longevity of the festival and also the relevance it enjoys today.
As the concert repertoire will span the ages, from Louis, Duke and Miles to Latin, Brazilian and fusion, and more, the leader of the touring group, Anat Cohen, is a perfect ambassador for the Newport Jazz Festival. She's a master of "classic jazz:" swing, be-bop and New Orleans music in addition to Brazilian, Latin & gypsy music.
The “front-line” of the touring ensemble features renowned, multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson, who sings fluently in four languages; 5-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, an expert in funk, hard bop, Brazilian music and ballads, and versatile guitarist Mark Whitfield accompanied by the A-list rhythm section of pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier. These artists have collectively recorded hundreds of albums featuring countless styles of music and will bring this experience to the stage together for the first time.