Wednesday February 05, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival Founder Brings The Sounds Of Summer To Boston
By: Claire Dickson
Sixty years ago George Wein changed the way live music is experienced. He founded the Newport Jazz Festival, the first American jazz festival. At 87, Wein continues to produce the festival and this year he’s set up an all-star group as a preview of what to expect this summer.
The Newport Now 60 tour is making stops across the country, including the Berklee Performance Center Feb. 13 (thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston). Boston may not have the sun and warm temperatures of Rhode Island in August, or a dazzling view of Newport Harbor, but it will have clarinetist/sax player Anat Cohen, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, vocalist Karrin Allyson, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier.
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