Photos: 2018 Newport Jazz Festival Day 1

Sets from Sangam, Still Dreaming, R+R=NOW, Rudresh Mahanthappa and many more

The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival may not be remembered fondly for its weather—a Saturday-afternoon monsoon turned Fort Adams State Park into a giant mud puddle, and Sunday brought high heat and humidity—but its musical high points were many, and JazzTimes photographers Marek Lazarski and Alan Nahigian were there for all three days to capture them (with Ken Franckling joining the team on Sunday).

Day 1 (Friday, Aug. 3) began with the Brooklyn trio Sonnymoon and ended with Robert Glasper’s R+R=NOW supergroup. In between, 80-year-old Charles Lloyd—in the first of his three headlining sets at Newport this year, each one employing a different band—played multiple instruments with the eclectic Sangam, featuring Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and drummer Eric Harland; Still Dreaming brought together four great improvisers in Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade; the all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra made a joyful noise; and Rudresh Mahanthappa led his Indo-Pak coalition with aplomb. That wasn’t all, as you can see in this slideshow.

Sonnymoon at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival
Sonnymoon (L to R: Jonathan Hoard, Dane Orr, Anna Wise) at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)