All-star ensemble signals a forward-thinking Newport Jazz Festival

February 7th, 2014

from bostonglobe.com

All-star ensemble signals a forward-thinking Newport Jazz Festival
By: Jon Garelick

How do you keep a 60-year-old summer music festival up, running, and vital?

Well, one way is to run a promotional anniversary tour in February. At least, that’s what the Newport Jazz Festival is doing.

The festival’s producers have mounted a 21-date tour with a band of all-stars, under the name “Newport Jazz Festival: NOW 60,” fronted by saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen. Their second stop is next Thursday for a Celebrity Series of Boston concert at Berklee Performance Center. The band will also include singer Karrin Allyson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Clarence Penn.

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