NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW 60 to Play Jazz Standard, 3/4-8
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival (August 1-3, 2014), the "Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60" Tour makes a stop in New York City at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, March 4-8. Featuring clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, bassist Ben Allison, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Randy Brecker and drummer Clarence Penn, the band has been receiving rave reviews since it kicked off a 17-city tour on February 8 in Atlanta. The first leg of the tour winds down March 30 and will continue with more dates during June, July and August in North America and Europe (including a set at its namesake festival on August 2).
This multi-gender, multi-national and multi-generational group of musicians was especially selected by festival founder/producer George Wein and with his long-time associates and the tour's producers, Danny Melnick of Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC and Darlene Chan of FestivalWest, Inc., to represent the incredible diversity of talent that the Newport Jazz Festival has presented over the last six decades. (Melnick is also the associate producer of the Newport Jazz Festival.)
"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," said Wein. "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."
In addition to the Jazz Standard, tour stops include the Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA; Gem Theater, Kansas City, MO; Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago, Il; Mendel Center, Benton Harbor, MI; and Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO.