08/20/13

Newport Jazz Festival 2013: Portrait Series

Portrait photos taken by Melissa Mergner of artists backstage during noted jazz festival

During the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a makeshift studio backstage in the ruins of Fort Adams, where we recorded a series of video interviews with various artists. The distressed building not only provided us with needed quiet and shade, but it also made for an interesting backdrop for photographic portraits.

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David Gilmore, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013
By Melissa Mergner
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Michel Camilo, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013
By Melissa Mergner
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Derrick Hodge, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013
By Melissa Mergner
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Derrick Hodge, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013
By Melissa Mergner
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Keyboardist Jason Lindner, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Trumpeter and bandleader Amir ElSaffar, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Singer and bandleader Gregory Porter, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Amr Ali, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Guitarist Yotam Silberstein, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Pianist Aaron Goldberg, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Guitarist Rez Abbasi, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Guitarist Rez Abbasi, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner
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Dee Alexander, backstage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
By Melissa Mergner

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Most of the subjects commented on the unique setting and a few suggested that it would make a great set for a music video. Maybe next year.

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