This release is a doozy. Almost four hours long, the majority of Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Volume #4, a four-disc boxed set from Columbia/Legacy featuring mostly unreleased material, sounds amazing considering the technology of the time. Plus, it features three of the all-time bands in the history of jazz.
As festival season is upon us, the Newport Jazz Festival has featured a very young performer as its headlining act. The 12-year-old, self-taught, piano-playing prodigy Joey Alexander made his Newport debut and it may become a detail in the festival's history.
Miles Davis fans have grown over the years to include everyone from seasoned jazzgoers to dabblers in the genre. During his stint at the Newport Jazz Festival, his performances there brought together an audience of all stripes and trades. Now, those special performances will be available for purchase.
On Thursday, Columbia/Legacy Recordings announced that it is to release a most iconic four-disc box set, 'Miles Davis at Newport 1955-75: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4,' on July 17. And no, this is not another Dylan reissue, for once.
It's a new year and thus, a new season of jazz festivals is nigh. For the U.S., the two most significant summer jazz festivals have finally announced their forthcoming lineups for 2015: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.
It was in 1956, in Newport nonetheless, that Duke Ellington and his Orchestra gave a most landmark performance at the Jazz Festival. Per NPR, historians mark this as the pivotal moment of the Duke's 50 plus year career, with the centerpiece being "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" accompanied by saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.
This weekend, the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival celebrates 60 years with a roster of jazz luminaries including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, Gary Burton, Gregory Porter, Vijay Iyer and many more.