[JPL] JVC Newport Lineup for 2005

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 14 10:51:58 EDT 2005

Below is the exiting lineup of artists and groups for the JVC Newport 51st Jazz Festival this August. zHope to see ya there with my other friends.  Tom

“The 2005 festival will be a continuation of last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration of the glory that the Newport Jazz Festival has brought to jazz, a verification of the fact that jazz is alive and healthy, and that jazz continues to be an important force in American music.” said Wein. Last year’s festival, the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, was truly a landmark festival with more than 120 artists and press coverage from around the globe.

For jazz lovers who want to see more of the remarkable and truly historic celebration, WGBH TV Boston will be airing the TV Special “Newport Jazz Festival 2004: Fiftieth Anniversary 1954-2004” on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 pm on channel 2 and on WGBH 44 on April 18 at 3:00 pm. The hour long special on Newport’s 50th Anniversary features Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Cullum, Branford Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Brian Blade and “Coltrane Remembered” featuring Michael Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes.

 This year’s 51st anniversary festival will begin on Thursday, August 11 with the only area screening of the documentary film entitled “Miles Electric:  A Different Kind of Blue” at 7:00 pm at the Jane Pickens Theatre [49 Touro Street, Newport].  This amazing film features the late jazz icon Miles Davis in concert at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival at the very beginning of Miles’ innovative “electric” period.  The Miles band featured Gary Bartz on soprano sax, Chick Corea on electric piano, Keith Jarrett on organ, Dave Holland on electric bass, Jack DeJohnnette on drums and Airto Moreira on percussion performing for a “rock concert” festival audience of 600,000.  Noted writer Stephen Holden of the New York Times remarks, “’Miles Electric’ is more than a concert movie. A few months earlier, Davis and a different crew of sidemen revolutionized music with the landmark album ''Bitches Brew,'' which stands as the jazz equivalent of Bob Dylan's ''going electric.''  At the Isle of Wight, Davis and his fellow musicians created improvisatory sounds, incorporating rock rhythm and electric funk inspired by Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Sly Stone.  During the first half of the film, the original Isle of Wight sidemen and other musicians look back three decades to recall Davis's historic transition into electric instrumentation. That leap, which brought Davis to a mass audience for the first time, infuriated the orthodox jazz establishment.”  This film is produced and directed by Murray Lerner.

 The jazz festival continues with the annual Friday night celebration at 8 pm on August 12th at the famed Newport Casino at the International Tennis Hall of Fame [194 Bellevue Avenue].  Beginning at 8 pm, the program will feature a thrilling Newport Jazz Festival performance of one of the greatest stars of film, theater, cabaret, and television, Eartha Kitt! The Artie Shaw Orchestra Under the Direction of Dick Johnson will also appear that same evening.

 On Saturday, August 13th and Sunday August 14th at Fort Adams State Park the programs will feature another incredible array of jazz stars on three stages from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.

 The Saturday, August 13 program will feature:  Howard Alden, Geri Allen, Patricia Barber, Carla Bley, Richard Bona, Stanley Clarke, Ravi Coltrane, Jon Faddis, Bela Fleck, Slide Hampton, Dave Liebman, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Medeski Martin & Wood, T.S. Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Smith, Terrel Stafford, Mike Stern, McCoy Tyner, Mark Whitfield and many others. 

The Sunday, August 14 program will include:  Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Don Byron, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Taylor Eigsti, Bill Frisell, Benny Green, Louis Hayes, Roy Haynes, Vincent Herring, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, Julian Lage, Joe Lovano, Mike Mainieri, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Matt Wilson and many others.

Thursday, August 11, 7 pm: “Miles Electric:  A Different Kind of Blue” at the Jane Pickens Theatre, 49 Touro Street, Newport. General Admission tickets: $15.00.
Friday, August 12, 8 pm, Eartha Kitt; The Artie Shaw Orchestra Under the Direction of Dick Johnson at the Newport Casino, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue.  All seats reserved:  $85.00, $65.00, $50.00 and $30.00.   
Saturday August 13 at Fort Adams State Park (11:30 am - 7:00 pm): General admission:  $65.00 in advance, $70.00 on festival weekend, if available. Children under 12, $5.00 at all times; under 2, free.  On site festival parking, $6.00 per vehicle.  Reserved seating, JVC Jazz Stage:  $75.00.
Sunday, August 14 at Fort Adams State Park (11:30 am – 7:00 pm): General admission:  $65.00 in advance, $70.00 on festival weekend, if available. Children under 12, $5.00 at all times; under 2, free.  On site festival parking, $6.00 per vehicle. Reserved seating, JVC Jazz Stage:  $75.00.

TICKETS go on sale via Ticketweb at http://www.Ticketweb.com/, by phone at 866-468-7619 and at the Newport Festival office located at 770 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, Rhode Island, at 10 am on Saturday, April 16.  The Festival office will be open from 10 am – 2 pm on that day and cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted.  Call 401-847-3700 for more information and future office hours.
Tickets will also be available by mail order.  To order by mail, send a check or money order for the total ticket cost plus a $4.00 handling charge per order to: Festival Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 605, Newport, RI 02840.  Order forms are also available on the festival web site at: http://www.festivalproductions.net/.   

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