Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60
Anat Cohen – musical director, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Karrin Allyson - vocals, piano
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Mark Whitfield - guitar
Peter Martin - piano
Larry Grenadier - bass
Clarence Penn - drums
Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival® was the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world's leading established and emerging artists. Referred to as "the grandfather of all jazz festivals," the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city that is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.
Historic moments since its inception include performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Harry Connick, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi, Gregory Porter and numerous others.
George Wein, the impresario who went on to found numerous festivals worldwide including the JVC Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created the festival after Louis and Elaine Lorillard, jazz fans and frequent visitors to his Storyville jazz club in Boston's Copley Hotel, asked him to produce a jazz event in Newport to bring more excitement to the resort area's summer season.
In 2010, George Wein created the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that returns the Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival® to their roots as non-profit events, ensuring that the Festivals will be a part of Newport's, and the world's, musical history in perpetuity.
The 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival® will take place from Aug. 1-3, 2014 in Newport, RI. More information on the festival can be found at newportjazzfest.net
More information on the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. can be found at newportfestivalsfoundation.org
Produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC &
Darlene Chan for FestivalWest, Inc.
Associate Producers, Tracy Reid & Ellen Shimomura
Road Manager & Sound Engineer, Sam Walton
Booking Agency, International Music Network
Publicity, Carolyn McClair Public Relations
Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC
48 West 21st Street, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10010
The Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 tour features an all-star band that will honor the festival's rich heritage while celebrating it's contemporary significance and the globalization of jazz today.
Karrin Allyson/vocals, piano
Four-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson lives in New York City, following a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. Karrin currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas - to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe.
Among musicians, Karrin is known as a great bandleader and one of the great pleasures of the current scene is listening to her highly developed interplay with her bandmates - it sounds so effortless - but it conceals a deep musical sophistication. It's one of Allyson's great achievements - the result of working for more than a decade with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi.
The Philadelphia-born Randy Brecker – who constituted one-half of the famed Brecker Brothers Band with his saxophonist brother, Michael – has been one of the most diverse and in-demand trumpeters of the last four decades. He grew up playing in R&B, soul and rock bands in Philadelphia, and was influenced by Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis. He attended Indiana University from 1963 to 1965, where he played with Booker T. and The MG's and IU Big Band. He moved to New York City the next year, and worked with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Duke Pearson Big Band, recorded two albums with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and worked in Horace Silver's quintet. Brecker was also a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and co-founded the seminal jazz fusion group, Dreams. With over 20 recordings as a leader to his credit, Brecker's latest CDs include Randy Brecker Plays Wlodek Pawlik's Night in Calisia (2013) and Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (2013).
Anat Cohen/musical director, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, clarinet/tenor saxophonist Anat Cohen, comes from a musical family that includes her brothers, saxophonist Yuval and trumpeter Avishai. She studied clarinet at the age of 12, and attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the "Thelma Yellin" High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. She played tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force Band, from 1993 to 1995, enrolled at the Berklee School of Music, and moved to New York City in 1999, where she worked with a number of bands including the Diva Jazz Orchestra, drummer Dudu Da Fonseca's Samba Jazz Quintet and the Choro Ensemble. In 2005, she created her own label, Anzic Records, and released Noir and Poetica (2007), Notes from the Village (2008), and Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard (2010). Hailed by Nat Hentoff as a musician who "…tells stories from her own experiences that are so deeply felt that they are very likely to connect listeners to their own dreams, desires and longings," Cohen's latest CDs, Claroscuro (2012), brilliantly blends jazz with New Orleans, African and Brazilian genres, and Tightrope (2013), her fourth release with her two brothers, together called the 3 Cohens.
Born in San Francisco, bassist Larry Grenadier took up the trumpet at the age of 10 before switching to the bass at 12. Four years later, he was playing at various gigs around his hometown, and sat in with Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and George Cables. Grenadier earned a Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University in 1989, and worked with Stan Getz, who was Artist-in-Residence at the University. Grenadier moved to Boston and worked with Gary Burton, and later moved to New York City in 1991, where his work as a sideman included gigs with Joshua Redman, John Scofield, Charles Lloyd, Mark Turner, Pat Metheny and his wife, Rebecca Martin. He's been a member of pianist Brad Mehldau's trio since 2004. His CDs as a co-leader include Year of the Snake (w/Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard, 2012) and Costumes are Mandatory (w/Ethan Iverson, Lee Konitz and Jorge Rossy, 2013).
Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, pianist Peter Martin is one of the most rooted and revelatory musicians on the scene. The son of parents who were classical musicians, Martin studied the violin and the piano at the age of three. After he graduated from high school, he received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award from President Reagan, attended The Juilliard School in New York on scholarship, where he studied with Martin Canin, and moved to New Orleans in 1990, where he has worked with Nicholas Payton, Germaine Bazzle, Chris Thomas, Alvin Batiste, Brian Blade and Victor Goines. Martin toured and recorded with artists such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony. With over five CDs as a leader, his latest record, Set of Five (2009), is a solo piano tour de force.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Interlochen Academy, Clarence Penn attended the University of Miami and Virginia Commonwealth University, where Ellis Marsalis was a faculty member. He moved to New York City in 1991 and was hired by Betty Carter. Penn has worked with Stanley Clarke. Christian McBride, Michael Brecker, Dizzy Gillespie, Luciana Souza, Gary Burton, Joshua Redman, Richard Galliano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Haden, Makoto Ozone and Maria Schneider. His CDs as a leader include Penn's Landing (1997), Play-Penn (2001), Saomaye (2002), A Master's Diary (2012) and Dali in Cobble Hill (2012).
Known as "The Marksman" when he burst on the scene during the "Young Lions" decade of the nineties, guitarist Mark Whitfield takes the approaches of George Benson, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell to a whole new level. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Whitfield has worked with a wide variety of musicians, from Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Carmen McRae, to Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles and Betty Carter. He's also worked with many pop stars including Sting, Jill Scott, and Mary J. Blige. He released his debut CD, The Marksman in 1990, and has recorded over 11 releases as a leader, including his latest, Songs of Wonder (2009), a tribute to Stevie Wonder. He toured with the band Jazz Futures, which was created in 1991 by George Wein to celebrate the next generation of jazz.
Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 tour co-produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC & Darlene Chan for FestivalWest, Inc.
The Newport Jazz Festival® is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. a 501 C3 non-profit corporation under license from George Wein. All rights reserved.