Multi-grain jazz

March 27th, 2014


Multi-grain jazz
Newport tour kneads diverse group of stars into one hot loaf

By: Lawrence Cosentino

Detroit-born jazzman Clarence Penn savored an afternoon of solitary bread baking last week. Drummers don’t often get to cook alone.
“If you could smell my house right now, it’s killing,” he said. “I know what’s in it. No weird chemicals. Three or four simple ingredients.”
This week, New York-based Penn is back to cooking on stage as part of an all-star band celebrating the 60th birthday of Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival, coming to the Wharton Center Thursday.

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