A Smorgasbord of 21st Century Piano Moods and Grooves
at Newport Jazz Festival® August 2 – 4, 2013
Produced by George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to maintain the iconic Festival in perpetuity while presenting the ever-evolving cultural expression of jazz, the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, takes place August 2 – 4 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park.
From his days as a sideman with Miles Davis, his legendary Blue Note albums and his pioneering jazz-fusion Headhunters band, to his genre-defying tributes to George Gershwin and Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock – the composer of “Maiden Voyage,” “Dolphin Dance” and “Speak Like a Child” – has literally played every kind of music in the five decades he’s been on the scene. Buoyed by a forthcoming CD and his long-awaited memoirs to be published next year, Hancock comes to the festival to celebrate Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday on Saturday, August 3. Performs as a special guest with his former Miles Davis band mate, look for Hancock and Shorter to repeat the mindful magic they created on their first duo recording, 1 + 1, released in 1997.
A generation after Palmieri is the Dominican-born wunderkind and George Wein discovery Michel Camilo. Blessed with superhuman technique, expansive composing skills and an engaging, crowd-pleasing demeanor, Camilo could be thought of as a successor to Palmieri: he has a clear and comprehensive command of Latin American genres – from the Cuban clave to Dominican pambiche rhythms, extensive knowledge of the jazz keyboard tradition, from Monk to Oscar Peterson, and a complete grounding with American popular songs. Featured on the movie and soundtrack Calle 54, Camilo – who’s new solo piano CD, What’s Up?, will be released on the revived Okeh label – takes to the Newport stage on Saturday, August 3, with a sizzling sextet featuring trumpeter Philip Michael Mossman, trombonist Conrad Herwig and bassist Lincoln Goines, who replaces his longtime bassist Charles Flores, who died last year. Camilo’s hemisphere-honed artistry makes him a truly Pan-American improviser of the first order.
These eight pianists will present a sonic smorgasbord of 21st Century piano moods and grooves at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. But, will we see a certain Massachusetts-born impresario/piano player sit in to tickle the ivories?
“I was playing classical music on the piano when I was seven or eight years old. I switched to popular music because I used to sing as a kid and wanted to accompany myself. When I heard jazz and improvisation on my brother’s records, I said to myself, this is interesting. I have to get to this. Next thing I knew I was playing jazz,” said George Wein, CEO Newport Festivals Foundation and Newport Jazz Festival Producer. And, next thing the music world knew, he was producing America’s first annual jazz festival in Newport in 1954 and presenting some of the world’s greatest pianists and other jazz giants in the city that started the festival era.
The Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management features Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with special guest Freddy Cole, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino (194 Bellevue Avenue) on Friday, August 2, at 8:00 pm. The festival continues on Saturday, August 3, on three unique stages from 10:30 am – 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park (90 Fort Adams Drive). The roster includes Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring special guest Herbie Hancock and Danilo Perez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade; Marcus Miller; Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society; Michel Camilo Sextet; Terence Blanchard Quintet; Robert Glasper Experiment; Gregory Porter; Lew Tabackin Quartet with Randy Brecker, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash; Donny McCaslin Group; Edmar Castañeda; Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band; Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers; Bill Charlap Trio with guests Bob Wilber and Anat Cohen; Mary Halvorson Quintet; Rez Abbasi Trio; From Berklee College of Music: The Ali Amr Experiment; and others.
On Sunday, August 4, the music continues at Fort Adams at 10:30 am with Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore and Charles Altura; Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra; Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band featuring Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano and David Wong; Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of Paquito D’Rivera; Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson and Steve Smith; Joshua Redman Quartet; Jim Hall Quartet with Scott Colley, Lewis Nash and Special Guest Julian Lage; Jon Batiste & Stay Human; Dee Alexander: Songs That My Mother Loved; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Steve Coleman Projects: Five Elements, Talea Ensemble and Duo with David Bryant; David Gilmore & Numerology featuring Claudia Acuña, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Mino Cinelu; and others.
TICKETS & OTHER INFORMATION
Tickets for the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management are on sale now at www.newportjazzfest.net, by phone and by mail.
There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055. For more information, log on to www.newportjazzfest.net or www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.
About Newport Festivals Foundation™
The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.
In addition to presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, which ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers, additional sponsorship support for the Newport Jazz Festival is provided by Alex and Ani, a positive energy, eco-conscious, lifestyle brand, and Louis Jadot, America’s #1 French Wine.
The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival® are productions of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, under license from Festival Productions, Inc. and George Wein; all rights reserved.