An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City

March 19th, 2014

from kansascity.com

An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City
By: Joe Klopus

Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival has made lots of history in its 60 tumultuous years. It’s the site of musical milestones and great performances, as heard on live albums by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday. There have been troubles, too: crowds that were unruly at times, a name change or two, and several relocations. But somehow the festival rolls on and is still a vital force. That’s something to celebrate.

So the presenters have sent an all-star package of Newport artists on the road. The “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” tour is coming to the Gem Theater on Saturday. These are the stars on the bil

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