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Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 2-2

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 5, 2018

From the first spongy thwack that bounced off the conga drum, a sticky humidity clung about Narragansett peninsula while the sounds of Herlin Riley's New York Havana Connection oozed from the ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 1-2

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 4, 2018

Raw, windswept notes comprised the abstract musical sketches that played beneath a darkening sky to open the 64th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers. With flashing fingers, ...

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall

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Taken in October during the first three songs of their set at Worcester MA's Mechanics Hall, these black and white selections are my attempt to capture jazz mastery. Tim O'Keefe, the writer I worked with on this project, described it best: “In a memorable performance... 15 soloists and ensemble players comprising the Jazz at Lincoln Center ...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA
October 4, 2017

“One, two, one, two, three, and..." with the stomp of a foot, the buttery sounds of Wynton Marsalis' trumpet rolled through a 160 year old concert hall, filling the rectangular room with warm, lush tones. He ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2017

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 5, 2017

The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2015: Day 2

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Miles Davis' earliest memory was a flickering blue flame, and a similar flame, one of passion and remembrance, was clearly evident at the 2015 installment of the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management.

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Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Hanover Theatre

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Pat Metheny Unity Group
Hanover Theatre
Worcester, MA
November 16, 2014

“As far as explaining [my music] to other people, I don't really worry too much about that," Pat Metheny reflected, perhaps befittingly for an artist who constantly seems to churn out new sounds while nestling himself at the forefront of ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2014, Day 3

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
Sunday, August 3, 2014

Smack--loud and robust, the horns blasted at the audience with a sound so voluminous it seemed impossible only four horns could have created it.

And yet, four horns had.

“Were you here ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2014, Day 2

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
Saturday, August 2, 2014

From the first crushing strike against the drums, Brian Blade's heavy hand and swirling rolls captivated the audience attending a rainy installment of the Newport Jazz Festival. Blade led his Fellowship Band through “Stoner Hill," a dour, gray ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2014

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
Friday, August 1, 2014

The saxophone reed squealed, as David Sanchez tastefully demonstrated mastery of jazz, but with dark clouds looming on the horizon, music wasn't the only thing on the minds of the patrons at the 60th Newport Jazz Festival presented ...