Newport Jazz Festival
Note: This alumni adventure is closed.
- August 9th through 12th, 2007
- Registration deadline: July 9th, 2007
- Capacity: 30
- Cost: $450.00 (plus airfare and hotel)
Enjoy a weekend of history and jazz in the coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island, with American studies professor Cliff Clark and music professor Stephen Kelly. Visit the home of heiress Doris Duke and attend the Newport Jazz Festival.
A bustling port since colonial times, Newport boasts many historic properties and landscapes, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. These landmarks trace the historical development of America from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age. Professor Clark will lead us through the history of the area and speak on the topic of collectors and collecting. We will visit the home of Doris Duke, as well as Whitehorne House, which was decorated by Doris Duke with the help of Jackie Kennedy.
Established in 1954 by the jazz impresario George Wein, the Newport Jazz Festival is one of the nation’s premier festivals. The schedule of performers will not be available until the summer of 2007. However, the 2006 lineup included Tamir Hendelman, Gordon Lee, Randy Porter, Mike Wofford, John Clayton, Christoph Luty, Andre St. James and Mel Brown Septet, Cubist Quartet, Eleven Eyes, Jeff Hamilton Trio, and the Bobby Torres Ensemble. All genres of jazz are represented. Jazz performances begin on Friday evening and continue on Saturday and Sunday.
We will start off the musical portion of our weekend with a Friday evening concert at the Newport Casino (site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) followed by two days of jazz (from noon to 7 p.m.) at Fort Adams State Park. Mornings will include introductions to the day’s musical groups and discussions about music.
JAZZ FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
· Friday -- Dianne Reeves and her band and Count Basie Orchestra with Nnenna Freelon.
· Saturday -- performers will include Branford Marsalis Quartet, Marcus Miller Band, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Zap Mama, Bruce Hornsby with Jack DeJohnette & Christian McB, Joshua Redman Trio, Chico Hamilton & Euphoria, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Monk Legacy Septet, Kenny Werner Quintet, Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra, Roswell Rudd Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim - solo piano, and the Anat Cohen Quartet.
· Sunday -- BB King, Al Green, Etta James & The Roots Band, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Paquito D'Rivera's Panamericana Ensemble, Luciana Souza - The New Bossa Nova, Ron Carter/Russell Malone/Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis' Teranga, The Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ben Allison Quartet, Portrait of Bill Evans featuring Eliane Elias, Brazilian Nights: The Music of Getz & Jobim, and the Donald Harrison Quartet featuring Christian Scott.
ACCOMMODATIONSA block of rooms is being held at the newly remodeled Best Western Mainstay Inn in Newport at the rate of $129 per night. Contact the hotel directly at 401-849-9880 or fax 501-849-4391 to make your reservations. Be sure to mention that you are with the Carleton College group.
Cliff Clark, the Hulings Professor of American Studies, has taught American history and American studies at Carleton since 1970. Clark is an expert in American domestic architecture and American social history.
Stephen Kelly, the Dye Family Professor of Music, has been at Carleton since 1974. He has directed the early music ensemble and taught courses in music history, including a popular course in jazz history. A performer as well as a theorist, Kelly plays saxophone with the faculty jazz ensemble.
For more information, contact Merilyn Calcutt at the Alumni Affairs Office, 507-222-5602.