60th Newport Jazz Festival Set for Merriam Theater, 3/9
The iconic festival, Newport Jazz Festival, turns 60 and takes the show on a road with Philadelphia performance and debut at the Merriam Theater on Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m. The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 pays homage to jazz luminaries such as Billie Holiday, Dizzie Gillespie, and Duke Ellington, whose classic jazz standards where first recorded at the festival, reinterpreted through the lens of contemporary jazz artists. The program also provides a progressive exploration of global jazz with Brazilian, Gypsy, Latin influences.
Newport Jazz Festival features multi-gender, multi-national, and multi-generational stellar line-up of musicians selected by festival founder/producer George Wein. Led by music director, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, Philly native and five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker joins multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Ben Allison.
"I've put together some excellent all-star ensembles in the past, but this group is really special to me," adds George Wein. "These musicians come from different parts of the country, different parts of the world and from different eras of jazz and they offer an excellent census of where the music has been, where it is and where it's going. Together, they represent the festival's 60-year goal: to bring the best and brightest jazz musicians to present musical experiences that fans will remember for a lifetime."