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Thursday August 05, 2010

from The Boston Phoenix

A Newport Sampler

By Jon Garelick

The Newport Jazz Festival (August 6-8) has plenty of big guns worth your attention on the main Fort Stage — from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, and Wynton Marsalis with Dave Brubeck to the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz Orchestra. But it’s the side stages at Newport that bring up distinguished if lesser-known players like Dave Binney who rarely get to the Boston clubs. Here’s a sampling of other bands you shouldn’t miss.

DAVE DOUGLAS & BRASS FANTASY | Harbor Stage, Sunday | This brass outfit is one of the trumpeter/composer’s finest achievements, equal parts uptown church and downtown second-line.

JASON MORAN’S BANDWAGON | Quad Stage, Sunday | For Jason Moran, jazz proceeds in a straight line from James P. Johnson to Afrika Bambaataa — and he covers them both. His Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits are peerless.

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