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2018 Newport Jazz Festival: Special Recap

Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, R+R=NOW, Still Dreaming, Andra Day, and Gregory Porter are among the standout performers

Rudresh Mahanthappa at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival
Rudresh Mahanthappa at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)

In between bouts of torrential rain and sticky heat, hundreds of musicians played for tens of thousands of listeners over the course of three days (Aug. 3-5) at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. Writers and photographers for JazzTimes were there for the entirety of the festival; Jim Macnie shared his top 10 moments of Newport 2018 with us, while Marek Lazarski, Alan Nahigian, and Ken Franckling captured images from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

The lineup for Day 1, the most pleasant day weather-wise of this year’s Newport, was as follows.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop Ensembles
The DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition
Matthew Shipp Trio
Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
Michel Camilo
Alicia Olatuja
Sangam with Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, and Eric Harland
Marquis Hill Blacktet
Living Colour
Tony Allen
Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade
R+R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson

International Tennis Hall of Fame:
Lean On Me: José James Celebrates the Music of Bill Withers
Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh, and Gwilym Simcock

Storyville Stage:
Laila Biali
Roxy Coss
Cynthia Sayer Trio
Gabriel Royal

See photos from Day 1 of the festival.

On Day 2—the day of the monsoon that tried but failed to dampen festival goers’ spirits—these artists played.

URI Big Band directed by Joe Parillo
Roy Hargrove
Trio 3 with Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille
Mary Halvorson‘s Code Girl
Grace Kelly
Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves
Louis Cole Big Band Blowout
Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland
Charenée Wade
Jon Batiste
Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride
Harold Mabern/Eric Alexander Quartet
Andra Day

Storyville Stage:
Isaiah J. Thompson Trio
Estar Cohen
Emmet Cohen
Diego Figueiredo and Julien Labro Duo
Sara Caswell and Dave Stryker

See photos from Day 2 of the festival.

The rain was gone on Day 3, replaced by sunshine, high humidity, and the music of the following performers.

MMEA Jazz Ensemble directed by James Darcy Argue
Herlin Riley New York-Havana Connection
Harold López-Nussa Trio
Nicole Mitchell‘s Dusty Wings
Jazzmeia Horn
Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda, and Allison Miller
Nate Smith and Kinfolk
GoGo Penguin
Charles Lloyd and Friends featuring Lucinda Williams, Jason Moran, Marvin Sewell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Ambrose Akinmusire‘s Origami Harvest
Gregory Porter
Black Art Jazz Collective
James Carter Organ Trio
George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic

Storyville Stage:
Helen Sung on Tap with Michela Marino Lerman
Micah Thomas
Matthew Whitaker and Jake Leckie Duo
Bill Charles
Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino Duo

See photos from Day 3 of the festival. 

Read what Jim Macnie chose for his top 10 moments of Newport 2018.

Visit the Newport Jazz Festival website for more information.

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