Written by Becca Pulliam from National Public Radio
There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it’s rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don’t miss one getting underway.
But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, on the Quad Stage is such a time.
Back-to-back, we hear the Lewis Nash Quintet and the nine-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling, here to introduce his 2012 album 1619 Broadway:The Brill Building Project. The album was named for a New York address for songwriters from Duke Ellington to Paul Simon.
Recording and Surround Sound mixes by Antonio Oliart.