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  • Newport Five: A Very Rainy Sunday

    August 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    We're back for day two of our broadcast from the Newport Jazz Festival, streaming live until 7 p.m. It's pouring rain, but that hasn't stopped hundreds of jazz lovers from donning their ponchos, opening up their umbrellas and checking out their favorite musicians.

    A group of very wet jazz fans enjoy the Brubeck Brothers
    A group of rain-soaked jazz fans enjoy the Brubeck Brothers

    Coming up today, we'll be playing music from James Farm, Mingus Big Band, Avishai Cohen, Mario Castro, Ravi Coltrane, John Hollenbeck, Miguel Zenon, and Rudresh Mahanthappa with Bunky Green. Stay tuned to the live stream, and visit our broadcast partners at NPR Music for archived sets of each performance, including yesterday's shows. We'll also be recording another bonus video from inside Fort Adams -- if you haven't seen Steve Coleman's hit from yesterday, check it out here and here.

    And, like Josh below, you can enjoy all the music without getting wet!

    Your host Josh Jackson, staying nice and dry
    Your host Josh Jackson, keeping nice and dry
  • Newport Four: Steve Coleman Solo

    August 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Another highlight from our "flash jam" deep inside Fort Adams at the 2011 Newport Jazz festival - this time, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman solo. Check out our excerpt of Coleman with two more of his "Five Elements" - vocalist Jen Shyu and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson - by clicking here, and check back to our Newport blog for more updates throughout the day!

  • Newport Three: A Tiny Fort "Flash Jam" with Steve Coleman

    August 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Day One at Newport held many surprises -- one was an impromptu "flash jam" with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman along with vocalist Jen Shyu and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, two members of his band Five Elements. Cameras in hand, we followed Coleman as the intrepid trio set out to sonically explore the stone carcass of the abandoned fort at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, where the jazz festival is held every year.

    Coleman, Finlayson and Shyu found a particularly resonant spot and got to work, weaving a haunting counterpoint with Shyu's wordless vocals:

    We're happy to share this brief excerpt of this performance with you now, with more to come later. Enjoy!