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At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

Fascinating Rhythm: Newport Jazz Festival marks 60th anniversary, looks to the future

FILE - In this August 14, 2005 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, right, performs with Dave Brubeck, left, during the Newport Jazz Festival at For...
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. He will be among the featured pe...
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein speaks during the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. Wein is mor...
FILE - In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Dee Dee Bridgewater performs during the International Jazz Day Concert at the United Nations General Assembl...
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2011 photo, Grace Kelly performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I.  She is returning and scheduled to perform with ...

Newport at 60

FILE - In this August 14, 2005 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, right, performs with Dave Brubeck, left, during the Newport Jazz Festival at For...

Newport at 60

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. He will be among the featured pe...

Newport at 60

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein speaks during the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. Wein is mor...

Newport at 60

FILE - In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Dee Dee Bridgewater performs during the International Jazz Day Concert at the United Nations General Assembl...

Newport at 60

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2011 photo, Grace Kelly performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. She is returning and scheduled to perform with ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the first outdoor jazz festival.

That's why the 88-year-old Wein is adding a third day of music at Rhode Island's Fort Adams Park on Friday, dedicated to emerging artists such as Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Wein is acknowledging Newport's history with a Friday night concert at the site of the inaugural 1954 festival -- now the Tennis Hall of Fame. Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will celebrate Billie Holiday and Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will play "signature pieces" from past festivals performed by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others.


Updated : 2021-05-07 15:18 GMT+08:00