"This is my first experience at Newport," Alexander explained later in the day. "I think it is incredible how I have been received. People came up to me and told me they enjoyed my performance. I guess it means I'm doing something right," she said with a laugh. "It's very humbling. I think it's a blessing, and mind boggling, that I get to share my music. I always like to interact with my audience. I appreciate my audience, and I don't take this for granted."
"Butterfly" saw Adams played the drum kit using his handsa true percussion playerwhile Alexander's vocal journey found a way toward electronic phase and flange effects. "Nature Boy," more of a ballad, was followed by "Guess Who I Saw Today."
's "Maiden Voyage." After soloing, Palmieri left the piano and enthusiastically waved his arms as he directed the percussion section, then brought the piece to its close.
Calling Nelson Gonzalez, Joseph Gonzalez, and Herman Olivera to the bandstand, Palmieri dubbed his group a Salsa orchestra. Peopled danced to "Muneca," "Palo Pa Rumba," and the closing piece, "Azucar."
As the sun dropped to the lower portion of its daily arc, golden rays stretched across the small peninsula in Newport Harbor. The rhythmic patterns of jazz go back to Africa, Palmieri explained during his set, and Cuba, that taught the world to dance. Salsa, big band, vocal, bop, and funkthese are but a few of creative, and inspiring sounds that could be heard throughout the day. Jazz: America's music that draws from world traditions; a perfect Newport day.