Day 2 at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival was another winner. A near sell-out crowd was treated to an abundance of sounds within the jazz genre. Indeed, there was something for everyone, from traditional music to more avant garde sounds.
As always, youth was on display early. The University of Rhode Island Jazz Band opened things up, as is tradition, with big band sounds behind vocalist Erin McGowan. But they weren’t the youngest musicians playing Saturday. Keyboardist Brandon Goldberg impressed at the Museum Stage where there was a line out the door.
The Festival continued to highlight female performers with strong sets from Buika, Laurin Talese, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Grammy winner Dianne Reeves. The quartet known as Jenny Scheinmann and Allison Miller’s Parlour Game drew a large crowd to the Harbor Stage mid-afternoon.
Bassist Ron Carter and his trio celebrated his 50th year since first playing the festival with a well received set of covers and originals. The day ended with an inspired set from an artist who has taken the jazz world by storm, Kamasi Washington.
Check out some photos from the festival by WhatsUp photographer Rick Farrell. The Newport Jazz Festival continues Sunday.