[JPL] Newport

Jeff Turton jturton at comcast.net
Wed Aug 13 05:44:50 EDT 2008

I think I'd have to agree with Tom on a couple of things. I thought  
Ledisi was barely more than a screamer. It was painful at times.  
Anthony Hamilton was just bad. Chris Potter is the new Iron Man of  
Jazz based on this weekend. Melody Gardot was able to keep the  
attention of the outdoor crowd and delivered a wonderful performance.
Besides the great band George had with him, George seemed like a kid  
at the piano. He had great energy, played well and I had no idea he  
could still sing. It was a fun set. I also really enjoyed Christian  
Scott's set on Saturday and Esperanza Spalding was terrific and will  
not be on the small stage next year. Lionel Loueke was great with him  
group and also with Herbie. As usual it was tough to see even a  
little bit of everything.

I would slightly disagree with Tom on the Festival Network and their  
PR Firm. They have a lot to learn about the New England market and  
the Media. It was total confusion dealing with them and if you were a  
journalist looking for personnel or set lists backstage, good luck.  
If that person existed they didn't make themselves obvious. There was  
also no performance schedule information available to the media until  
we were on site. More than anything though they had no idea who to  
deal with in the Boston and Providence markets. They came in to the  
market and reinvented the wheel. Most of us had to seek the people  
responsible for the media contacts for the festival. Crowds were  
definitely down especially on Sunday so I'm suspecting that Aretha  
may have helped Saturday sales. I also suspect that the Festival  
Network's lack of knowledge about the media markets served by the  
Festival also had a lot to do with the lower turnout.

Jeff Turton
WFNX Jazz Brunch

On Aug 12, 2008, at 11:21 PM, TomtheJazzman wrote:

> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> I certainly have a different opinion regarding the JVC Newport  
> Festival.  The URBAN music did not fit with the other  
> performances.  Aretha is not what I am talking about.  Le;isi and  
> Anthony Hamilton certainly did not fit the mold of this Festival  
> and had very few followers there.
> Chris Potter really showed he is the heir apparent to the Michael  
> Brecker followers in his performances with Dave Holland, Herbie  
> Hancock and Marco Benevento.   Anat Cohen, say ANOT, was awesome  
> with George Wein as was Esperance Spalding.  The Mark Rapp band  
> played some very tasteful selection with a new release coming next  
> month.  He plays a cool trumpet.   It was good to see and hear  
> Jimmy Cobb playing with George Wein, expecially being the lone  
> survivor of the Kind Of Blue Band with Miles.  Jimmy has a new  
> release on Chesky.  Another of the highlights was Warren Vache with  
> John Alred on Trombone.
> Lionel Loueke did not disappoint in his own set or while playing  
> with Herbie.
> Many of us commented we were disappointed that Chris Botti played  
> the same set Friday night and Saturday afternoon with the same  
> jokes and comment.  Mark Whitfield and Billy Childs were killers as  
> was Billy Kilson on drums.  Ledisi did the same set both Friday  
> night and Saturday, but she has only one CD and not much book so  
> that could be expected.
> Herbie did a wonderful set as did Sonny Rollins.
> The new organization, Festival Network is learning and will get  
> better.  Most and generally the festival was good but not one of  
> the stronger festivals.  I thought the attendance was down quite a  
> bit from previous years.
> Those are my few cents worth.
> Tom
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