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Newport Jazz Festival 2013: Portrait Series

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

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

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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