[JPL] Newport

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Wed Aug 13 10:21:34 EDT 2008

Jeff Turton wrote:

> 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.

I think the festival's previous PR person, Sue Auclair set the bar very 
high. She hustled for months on the festival as you know Jeff. Jazz is 
not just a job for her. It is music that she loves and besides her 
professionalism, I think it was her love of the music that drove her to 
work so hard. Her experience is also hard to replace as she worked on 
the festival for close to twenty years in addition to the other work she 
did, like PR for Scullers, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the old Boston 
Globe Jazz Festival. She definitely knows the media market.

I think the things you mentioned show how much her work was missed from 
Newport. To not hire her was a big mistake.

Eric Jackson
Mon - Thurs 8 pm - mid.
89.7 FM WGBH Boston

> 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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