Photo Gallery: The Newport Jazz Festival 2016 by John Abbott

Intimate musician portraits taken over three days

Tierney Sutton, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Etienne Charles, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Nels Cline, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
The Westerlies, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
George Wein and Sullivan Fortner, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Will Bernard, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Erik Lawrence, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Bobby Avey, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Dave Liebman, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Kris Davis, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Grégoire Maret, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Henry Butler, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
John Abbott, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Jennifer Wharton, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Edmar Castañeda, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Kneebody, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Bill Stewart, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Stefon Harris, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Steven Bernstein, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Alan Ferber, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Mary Halvorson at the, Newport Jazz Festival (photo by John Abbott)
Mary Halvorson at the, Newport Jazz Festival (photo by John Abbott)
From left: Yunior Terry, Terreon Gully, Donald Edwards, Brad Jones and Yosvany Terry, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Taylor Haskins
Anthony Pinciotti, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Roxy Coss, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Joe Lovano, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Danilo Pérez, Newport Jazz Festival 2016
Monty Alexander, Newport Jazz Festival 2016

Another summer, another three resplendent days at the Newport Jazz Festival. For the third year, I set up a photo studio in the perfectly dilapidated rooms inside Fort Adams near the Quad Stage. Natural light filled the rooms as musicians assembled over three days to have their portraits taken before or after their sets.

Some memorable highlights included a visit by the energetic Monty Alexander, where we discussed classic American movies, Federico Fellini and our mutual friend Sonny Rollins. Henry Butler, the New Orleans pianist and vocalist, explained his intuitive and intellectual approach to taking photographs as a blind photographer. During our session, I handed my second camera body to Henry and we took dozens of photographs of each other-at the same time! Late on Sunday, the guitarist Nels Cline hung out for a relaxed portrait session and talked about growing up in California, his experience playing guitar with the late Ornette Coleman, and loving life at age 60. JOHN ABBOTT