Newport Jazz Festival 2018: 14 Best Things We Saw

Newport Jazz Festival 2018: 14 Best Things We Saw
For this writer, the quintessential moment of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival came in transit. A quick stroll on Saturday afternoon took me from the main stage, where Laurie Anderson was wrapping up a set of luminous, exploratory string-trio free improv, to one of the smaller tents, where octogenarian Memphis piano master Harold Mabern, saxophonist Eric Alexander & Co. were busy muscling through a set of exquisite old-school hardbop. The transition was disorienting in the best way possible — an illustration of just how broad this legendary fest’s concept of jazz still is.
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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage,
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Theodore Bikel, original Broadway star of The Sound of Music, dies aged 91

Theodore Bikel, original Broadway star of The Sound of Music, dies aged 91
Prolific stage and screen actor Theodore Bikel has died, aged 91.

Bikel passed away at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles of natural causes earlier today (July 21), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His long stage career included originating the role of Captain von Trapp and earning a Tony nomination for The Sound of Music, and having had the most public performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with 2,200 between 1967 and 2010.

On the big screen, he played the dialect coach Zoltan in My Fair Lady and earned an Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones.

He founded the legendary Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand and George Wein, launched the Actors Federal Credit Union and later became a champion of civil rights in the Us.

Bikel is survived by wife Aimee Ginsburg and two kids.
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Grammy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

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Grammy Awards 2015 Live-Blog
The 2015 Grammy Award winners have been coming fast and furious for nearly three hours. That's the strange thing about Grammy night. Almost all of the awards are given out beforehand, so the actual telecast features only a dozen awards (give or take) and a wide assortment of performance. Follow along and join the conversation as I live-blog all of those performances, plus all of the awards, even though I have no real opinions on the inevitable winners and losers. It should be fun! 8:00 p.m. Et. "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" will be back next week! 8:00 p.m. Thank you, LL, for reminding me of the things we were talking about after last year's Grammys. I remember none of those things.  8:01 p.m. "For those about to rap, for those about to sing, for those about to play, we salute you!" LL Cool J says, introducing
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Newport Jazz Festival Is On Its Way

Providence, R.I. — Roger Lewis has hauled his baritone saxophone to gigs in far-flung places, from England to Japan to New Guinea. He's played so many places he's lost count of precisely where he's been. But he's never forgotten Newport.

Lewis, a member of New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band, returns to Rhode Island's city-by-the-sea again this weekend for the Newport Jazz Festival, an event he calls "one of the greatest festivals in the world."

"I remember listening to that Ray Charles album from when he played Newport," Lewis told The Associated Press by phone from his home in New Orleans, where he had been practicing some numbers he expects to play in Newport. "We've played all around the world but to have the opportunity to play Newport has been a dream."

The festival begins Friday with performances by Natalie Cole, her uncle Freddy Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio
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Community Honors Late Jazz Legend

Community Honors Late Jazz Legend
New York — A celebration of Dave Brubeck's life and music turned into an ode to joy as family, friends and fans paid tribute to the groundbreaking pianist and composer who became the best known ambassador of jazz to the world.

Brubeck died Dec. 5, a day before his 92nd birthday, and a private funeral was held near his home in Wilton, Conn., shortly afterward. On Saturday afternoon, the only Brubeck family sponsored tribute took place before more than 2,000 people at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine featuring performances by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole and other jazz stars.

Former President Bill Clinton, in a statement read by Brubeck's longtime manager Russell Gloyd, recalled being "utterly captivated" at age 15 after hearing Brubeck's quartet in concert and then going home to play "Take Five" until his lips gave out. "I consider myself lucky to have
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Nice Jazz Festival Pays Homage to Miles Davis

Nice Jazz Festival Pays Homage to Miles Davis
Getty Miles Davis in Paris in 1991.

Nice, France — Among the staggering number of famous musicians who have played with the legendary trumpet player, Miles Davis, many will be on tour in Europe this summer, paying homage to their mentor and friend. With nearly 200 summer music festivals to choose from, the Côte d’Azur offers two of the most legendary open-air jazz fests, with top-notch international artists performing under a balmy, starlit sky at the water’s edge.

Festivities kick off
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Blue Note Jazz Club Unveils Festival

Blue Note Jazz Club Unveils Festival
Dino Perrucci Photography Lauryn Hill performing at the Blue Note in January

Is jazz a dying art form? WSJ drama critic Terry Teachout once asked in these pages.

Not a chance, according to the Greenwich Village-based Blue Note Jazz Club. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the institution will host the first inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival during the month of June, the club announced this past week. Throughout the month, more than 80 shows featuring established jazz legends and rookie
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The Avett Brothers, Andrew Bird and Gillian Welch Amongst Performers Set for 10th Annual Fuv Feastival

New York’s 10th Annual Fuv Feastival is giving plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. On Nov. 26-27, the event will consist of some of 2009’s best live acts into just two days, like Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Andrew Bird, Ben Harper and the Relentless7 and Pete Yorn, amongst others. The performances being aired on New York radio station Wfuv range from those recorded in the station’s very own Studio A as well as George Wein’s Folk Festival 50 at Newport....
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Folk You: 50 Years of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk is the granddaddy of American folk festivals and—were it not for the existence of the Newport Jazz Festival, founded five years earlier by the same man—it would be the granddaddy of all American music festivals. After five decades, it’s still run by its founder, the remarkable 83-year-old George Wein, who spun the folk fest off of the jazz fest just in time to catch America’s early-’60s folk revival.
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Q&A: George Wein on Dylan, Baez, and the Trouble With Kids These Days

Pete Seeger Photo by George Wein.“Oh, it’s terribly boring in the summer … there’s just nothing to do.” This off-hand complaint, uttered in 1953 by a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, is what inspired Boston jazz club owner George Wein to transform the quiet New England resort town into a showcase for some of the biggest talents in jazz and folk music. When he created the Newport Jazz Festival and, later, the Folk Festival, Wein couldn’t have imagined that he was drawing the blueprint for countless music festivals to come—from Woodstock to Bonnaroo and beyond. This August, Newport will host George Wein’s Folk Festival 50. (Legal issues have prevented him from using the name “Newport Folk Festival,” but he hopes that will change soon.) The celebration will feature performers from the festival’s earliest days, such as Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, and newer acts including Gillian Welch,
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NPR Music & Radio Stations Team Up To Broadcast George Wein's Folk Festival 50 And Carefusion Jazz Fest 55 In Newport

Music fans that can't make it to George Wein's Folk Festival 50 and Carefusion Jazz Festival 55 in Newport, Rhode Island can still catch the performances. NPR Music and five radio stations are teaming up to exclusively offer a live webcast and broadcast of the two festivals.

NPR and stations Wfuv of New York, (Wksu) of Kent, Ohio and mvyradio out of Martha's Vineyard will cover all of the performances at the Folk Fest on August 1 and 2. The festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will feature musicians Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, The Decemberists and Neko Case.

NPR will team up with Wbgo out of Newark and Wgbh out of Boston to cover the CareFusion Jazz Festival 55 on August 8 and August 9. The festival will feature three stages with headliner Tony Bennett. Mos Def, Miguel Zenon Quartet and The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis will also take the stage.
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Palm Pictures jazzed up by Anita O'Day docu

[/link] picked up a docu portrait today that, like last year's tragi-drama of La Vie en Rose demonstrates, musicans often come with open wounds. THR reports that the label picked up the distrib rights to the Tribeca film festival-selected Anita O'Day: The Life Of a Music Legend. "Legend" includes new interviews with jazz artists Annie Ross, Margaret Whiting and George Wein, along with rare footage of O'Day performances with Louis Armstrong and other musicians from her 1940s heyday. O'Day, who overcame alcoholism, rape, heroin addiction and jail time in her seven decade career.    ...
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