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WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2014 Day Trips

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WBGO Travel invites you to hop aboard the bus from either New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle), Brooklyn (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place), New Jersey (location TBD) or Boston (location TBD) for a direct ride to the front gate of the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 or Sunday, August 3. This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from departure location directly to the festival gate, general admission ticket to the festival for the full day plus access to the WBGO Shade Tent on the festival grounds. Bus will have wifi, restroom and reclining bucket seats.

The full lineup is listed below, and includes exciting artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gregory Porter, Anat Cohen, Ron Carter, Dr. John, Gary Burton with Julian Lage, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Darcy James Argue, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland’s Prism and Cecile McClorin Salvant.

Buses have varying departure times, please check below for specific times from your departure location. At the end of each day, buses leave from the front gate of the Newport Jazz Festival. Return times leaving festival are as follows: Friday 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 7PM.

Details of RT New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center) to Newport trip:

• Friday – board the bus at 6AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
• This location only will have an extra drop in Harlem on the way back to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Details of RT Brooklyn (BRIC House) to Newport trip:

• Friday – board the bus at 6AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.

Details of RT New Jersey (NJPAC) to Newport trip:

• Friday – board the bus at 6AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center St. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at NJPAC. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
• Parking will be available at Military Park Garage.

Details of RT Boston (Berklee) to Newport trip:

• Friday – board the bus at 8:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 9AM.
• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

Line up for the festival*:

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Jon Batiste & Stay Human
John Zorn’s Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen & many others
Miguel Zenón Big Band
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Snarky Puppy
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Charlie Parker Project, A World Premier
Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin & Dan Weiss
Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor,Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott & Kevin Shea
Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
University of Rhode Island Newport Jazz Big Band

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland
Gregory Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment
SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band with Jon Cowherd, Chris Thomas, Melvin Butler & Myron Walden
Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo with Alvaro Benavides & Jhaire Sala
Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart
Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet
Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn
Umbria Jazz presents Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda
Symposium on Jazz
And More …

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Bobby McFerrin spirityouall
David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore
Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman,Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore
Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz & Roman Diaz
Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier & Brian Torff
Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega
Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly
Ravi Coltrane
The Cookers: Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
Mingus Big Band
The Brubeck Brothers
George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash
And More …

*Schedule Subject to Change Visit newportjazzfest.org for most up to date listing.

Rates & Reservations:

Same Day Round Trip from NYC, NJ & Brooklyn
WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $185, Saturday/Sunday - $225
Non-Member price per person: Friday - $205, Saturday/Sunday - $245
Student price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $165
(must show valid student ID at festival gate)


NYC, NJ & Brooklyn Packages
Location Pick Up



Round Trip from Boston
WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $185
Non-Member price per person: Friday - $165, Saturday/Sunday - $205
Student price per person: Friday - $120, Saturday/Sunday - $140
(must show valid student ID at festival gate)


Boston Packages
Location Pick Up




Bus cancellation policy:
Until May 15 – guest will receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
Until June 20 – guest will receive a 50% refund.
Until July 14 – guest can transfer their package to another guest, no refund after this date.

For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org. Please indicate departure city.

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is Sweet

Named for a bakery established in Troy, NY, in 1913 -- the free cookies are addictive in 2013 -- Freihofer's Jazz Fest takes place at Saratoga Performing Arts Center the weekend before the Fourth of July. You can drive, take the Amtrak (less than four hours) or Adirondack Bus up the Hudson, and step into a jazz scene many seasons in the making. I've gone twice. I like it because I see a few New Yorkers but not too many. I travel light though the locals bring tarps, umbrellas, lawn furniture, coolers, blenders, you name it.

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Between the amphitheater and the gazebo (about 100 diversion-filled yards apart), Danny Melnick staggers the programming with a mindful flow. So after The Cookers play hard bop with lyrical solos by pianist George Cables on the big stage, Ben Williams' Sound Effect at the gazebo takes that groove and adds a hiphop bump. That was a nice sequence. A rainshower comes and goes, umbrellas open but people do not run for cover.

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I'd never seen Gamak, Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet with double-necked guitarist David

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Fiuczynski, Francois Moutin and Dan Weiss, but I like the CD. Outdoors, the sax and guitar sound so summery. The music has a vision, pitch and rhythm are in the cracks, yet the band is absolutely secure. I sought shade during McCoy Tyner's set in the amphitheater. After only the second or third tune, without any cue, the audience rose and gave him its first standing ovation of three, at least. Tyner looks less robust than he used to, and his powerful sound stirs emotions. His band has heart too -- guest John Scofield, Gary Bartz, Gerald Cannon, Francisco Mela.

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The line of people to buy aerialist Gregory Porter's CD and get his autograph was longer than any food or drink line I saw all weekend. His band gives him great support. Brianna Thomas singing at the gazebo late Sunday kept people from fleeing a shower. She is young and swings. Ingrid Jensen's sound at the gazebo was particularly Miles-like. Jazz sounds good outside, especially at the gazebo.

Freihofer's Jazz Fest is manageable, user-friendly, and connects with the world, with Big Sam's Funky Nation from New Orleans on Saturday and Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa on Sunday. At night it appeals beyond jazz with David Sanborn and Arturo Sandoval on Saturday, Tony Bennett and Buddy Guy on Sunday.

Twenty-four hours after Tyner told the audience he wrote "Blues on the Corner" for his Philadelphia neighborhood -- the neighborhood he left for the John Coltrane Quartet -- Kevin Eubanks from Philadelphia played a soaring "Resolution" from Coltrane's A Love Supreme, with Kevin's quartet of Bill Pierce, Rene Camacho and Nate Smith. That Sunday afternoon set tied a lot of the threads and diverse sounds together.

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This post was edited on July 19 to correctly identify the guitarist in Gamak as David Fiuczynski (not David Gilmore). -- B.P.