- Published: Monday, August 05 2013 17:57
- Written by Bluebird
"Un-re-route the rivers ... "
The Newport Jazz Festival is one of New England's shining stars in contemporary and legendary jazz performances. Every year, people from all over the world engage in this community of music that makes an impression on the listener for years to come. The waterside setting of Fort Adams, with all of its history and convenient facilities, make it a destination for summer revelers, some sailing in their boats and docking for the day to join the party. The only negative thing about this great event is choosing among the list of performers who happen to be playing at the same time on different stages. With three venues of world class jazz and cutting edge experimental ensembles in the same place, decisions are tough.
At the 2013 Newport Jazz Fest, I had just finished seeing Esperanza Spalding and was running across the cobblestone path behind the Fort Stage. I darted toward the back field for some surely needed rest and refreshments. Suddenly, I stopped dead in my tracks, making a complete turn around. In this moment, I heard the first tones of a smooth, velvet voice that bellowed over the grasses. Deep bass in vocals and instruments drew me closer and the sax was like a siren calling all near. Forget the break. In the expanse of the sea breezes that day, the spirits of Lou Rawls and Marvin Gaye came alive in jazz forms. It was Gregory Porter and his band. I was fixed.