• Newport Two: First Day Highlights

    August 6, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    We had a great time hanging out at Newport today, putting together our live broadcast of some of the festival's most talented up-and-comers, and a few established stars, too.

    Trombone Shorty, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH
    Trombone Shorty, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH

    Some of the sets, such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Joey DeFranceso and Regina Carter, we played on our stream today, thanks to the tireless efforts of our crack audio team: Josh Jackson, David Tallacksen and Michael Downes. Over at NPR Music, you can listen to those sets and more in their extensive archive.

    Click here for more photos and links to Saturday's great broadcast:

    The New Black Eagle Jazz Band, formed 40 years ago in 1971, kicked off the proceedings, with plenty exciting acts to follow. Our friends at WGBH took some great photos of some of the day's highlights, including the crazy and all-out Mostly Other People Do The Killing:

    Mostly Other People Do the Killing, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH
    Mostly Other People Do the Killing, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH

    The wistful vocals and bass of Esperanza Spalding:

    Esperanza Spalding, photo by Jared Herwick
    Esperanza Spalding, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH

    And, my personal favorite, Trombone Shorty (at the top of the post.) His blasting brass and driving rhythm section got the crowd on their feet and grooving like nobody else today; they'll be back for more tomorrow. And although Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue closed out yesterday's set, we also recorded some music for Sunday's broadcast. Stay tuned for, among other things, the master pianist Randy Weston, decked out in his finest summer threads:

    Randy Weston, photo by Jared Herwick
    Randy Weston, photo by Jared Herwick of WGBH

    See you at noon tomorrow for more jazz from Newport! Tune in at 88.3 fm in the NY/NJ area, and online right here at the WBGO Blog and NPR Music, for much more to come.

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