Couldn’t Make This Year’s Newport Jazz Festival? We Did! (Newport 2010 Recap, Part 1 Of 6)

Posted by Maria Miaoulis in Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews

August 12th, 2010   Comments Off on Couldn’t Make This Year’s Newport Jazz Festival? We Did! (Newport 2010 Recap, Part 1 Of 6)

Scene from a Newport "Water Taxi" - a boat that takes you from America's Cup Avenue to Fort Adams State Park for the Newport Jazz Festival.

"Over the water and through the boats to Newport Jazz Fest we go!"

Hello again Jazzville, NJ readers! Sorry for not being in touch these last few days, but D.A. Gutierrez and I are only just coming out of our Rhode Island reverie following our trip to the Newport Jazz Festival this past weekend.

Naturally you might be wondering why we went out of state to hear jazz when Jazzville, NJ is dedicated to promoting the great talent we have right here in the Garden State. There are some ways I can answer that:

a)  Jazz knows no boundaries. (Poetic, no?)

b)  Some of the artists/ musicians that were featured have ties to the NJ/NY area.

c)  Hello? Road trip with a side of jazz!

But seriously though, the Newport Jazz Festival is known worldwide as the grandfather of all Jazz festivals. It was the first outdoor music festival devoted to jazz, and in its 56 years, the Newport Jazz Festival has always been known for its phenomenal and energetic programs which showcase Jazz immortals alongside rising artists. So of course we had to go!

This year was no exception. Some of the genre’s most recognized names – Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis – performed with musicians newer to the field like Darcy James Argue and Jamie Cullum.

We plan to post reviews on the artists we did see live. (This was the only down side to the festival – with such a big roster, three stages were needed, so jazz fans scurried back and forth missing some amazing sets in the process.)

For those who weren’t able to attend, I’ll sum up the experience in one word – WOW.

Check out our Newport Jazz Festival 2010 slideshow:

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