At 60, Newport Looks To The Future

NEW YORK (July 27, 2014) Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein was more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marked the 60th anniversary of the first outdoor jazz festival.

That's why Wein, 88, added a third day of music at Rhode Island's Fort Adams Park on Friday, dedicated to emerging artists such as Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Wein acknowledged Newport's history with a concert Friday night at the site of the inaugural 1954 festival, which is now the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will celebrate Billie Holiday and Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will play "signature pieces" from past festivals by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others.


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