Blues To Be There

The Newport Jazz Festival is 50 years old this year. Alyn Shipton presents three programmes telling the story of this Rhode Island institution.


0220040703This second programme examines some of the challenges experienced by the festival organisers, such as street riots in Newport and the establishment of Charles Mingus's Newport Rebel Festival, as well as recalling classic performances from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day and John Coltrane, with contributions from George Wein, Benny Golson, Don

Alias, Cleo Laine and Archie Shepp.

03 LAST20040710In this concluding part, Alyn Shipton looks at the later years of the Newport Jazz Festival, which celebrates its fiftieth birthday this month. Highlights include Frank Sinatra flying in by helicopter in 1965, and an all-star line up of trumpeters paying tribute to Louis Armstrong in 1970. Meanwhile, more trouble with crowds forces the festival to move to NEW YORK during the 1970s before a prodigal return to Newport.

With contributions from George Wein, Jimmy Owens, Dan Morgenstern and Billy Taylor.