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Newport Jazz Festival 2013

Timothy J. O'Keefe By

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"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 hands—a true percussion player—while 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."

Chick Corea's band, a quintet dubbed The Vigil, stretched out on an interstellar set of three songs, "Fingerprints," "Portals to Forever," and "Galaxy 33 Star Four," that lasted over an hour.

"We want you to know that it is an honor to be here again on this bandstand," pianist Eddie Palmieri said as his Latin Jazz Orchestra made its way to the stage. Palmieri opened with "Noble Cruise," which was partially dedicated to Thelonious Monk and partially a takeoff on Herbie Hancock'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 funk—these 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.


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Richard Conde

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