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Michel Camilo on George Wein & the Newport Jazz Festival

Video interview with the pianist and bandleader taped at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

Michel Camilo performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival

Pianist Michel Camilo describes the effect of being at Newport as like a “lightbulb in my soul,” referring to the inspiration that comes from both performing and listening there. In this video interview from the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, the pianist talks about his long history with the festival and his unique personal and professional relationship with George Wein.

During the festival, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During two afternoons, a succession of artists-including Mary Halvorson, Gregory Porter, Derrick Hodge, Dee Alexander, David Gilmore, Aaron Goldberg and several others-came in to talk about the festival, jazz education and their own projects. We have been posting these interviews at You can also see more of these video interviews from the Newport Jazz Festival (in 2011, 2012 and 2013), as well as from the Jazz Cruise, at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

Michel Camilo on George Wein and the Newport Jazz Festival:

Video by Melissa Mergner. Audio by Jen Kim.

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