Singers Tell Their Stories Through Song
NEWPORT, RI, June 30, 2016 – No matter the era, idiom or genre, jazz singers have always been the most popular and accessible practitioners of the music. From Louis Armstrong’s down-home, gravely vocals and Nat King Cole’s satin sounds, to Sarah Vaughan’s Afro-operatic airs, Billie Holiday’s dark-and-lovely depths, Ella Fitzgerald’s swing-at-the-speed-of-bop phrasing and Frank Sinatra’s dynamic delivery, it is the vocalist who emulates the instrumentalist, while the instrumentalist emulates the vocalist. For six decades, the Newport Jazz Festival® has showcased the best and brightest singers. This year is no exception as Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo, Tierney Sutton, Lizz Wright and José James step up to the microphone and extend, elaborate and redefine the stylistic definitions of what a jazz singer is supposed to be.
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