23 March 2010

Newport Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for this summer's Newport Jazz Festival was announced this morning. Wynton Marsalis, Jamie Callum, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Chris Botti and Roy Haynes are among the noted artists filling the bill. But what has TNOP most excited is the treasure trove of keyboardists coming to the annual fest: Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and personal favorite Ahmad Jamal. (Trivia: Chuck Berry cites Jamal by name in his "Go Go Go" - Backed up by the jazz band, layin' on the wood/Mixin' Ahmad Jamal in my Johnny B. Goode)

The Newport Jazz Festival takes place August 6, 7 & 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26.

To whet your appetite, here's Jamal, accompanied by Idris Muhammad on drums and James Cammack on bass, performing "Poinciana" in 2005:

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