Day 2 of the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival was as close to perfect as live music can be. A Covid-required half-capacity gathering saw one of the better days the Festival has produced in several years – the weather was exceptional and good vibes were everywhere.

Musical highlights included opener Danielle Ponder who shared a strong R&B set, setting the tone for a day where female vocalists ruled. Terri Lyne Carrington put on a clinic demonstrating a range of sounds from traditional jazz to opera. Backed by a tight band, Ledisi sang a beautiful tribute to Nina Simone, seemingly effortlessly.

And the legend that is Mavis Staples stopped by, with an inspirational set of old favorites and newer tunes. Staples was introduced by her old friend George Wein, the legendary NJF producer, who although unable to be there in person, phoned in a nice message that was shared live with the crowd.

Strong sets from Immanuel Wilkins, Kenny Garrett and Chris Potter rounded out the early part of the day, with Robert Glasper’s Dinner Party and Trombone Shorty closing things out.

What’sUpNewp photographer Rick Farrell was there to capture the many memorable moments. Check out our photo gallery below.

Mavis Staples
Ledisi
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
Danielle Ponder
Jay Sweet
Kenny Garrett
Immanuel Wilkins
Immanuel Wilkins
Terri Lyne Carrington
Jazz Fans
Jazz Fans
Christian McBride
Trombone Shorty
Terri Lyne Carrington
Danielle Ponder
Trombone Shorty
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
Kenny Garrett
Chris Potter Circuits Trio
Robert Glasper’s Dinner Party
Chris Potter Circuits Trio
Chris Potter Circuits Trio
Robert Glasper’s Dinner Party
Robert Glasper’s Dinner Party
Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples
Ledisi
Trombone Shorty
Jazz Fans

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.

Rick Farrell

​Rick Farrell of Mojo Photography has been drawn to music his entire life. Maybe it was growing up in Newport, RI, host to the venerable Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. Or maybe it was the countless hours listening to his older siblings' classic LP's and 45's on the stereo in the 1960's. Whatever the reason, there has always been a strong connection.

He had originally taken up photography as a hobby, eventually gravitating towards shooting professionally in 2007. Never knowing what his true passion or niche was, proved to be very frustrating to say the least. Then in 2009 he shot a concert, and everything seemed to click. He had discovered his passion! Concert photography!

He considers himself fortunate to have photographed shows at some of the premier venues in New England, including Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. He has literally photographed hundreds of shows, including some of the biggest acts in today’s music industry. He has photographed many esteemed festivals including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Farm Aid. His work has been published in numerous outlets locally, regionally, and nationally.

Musically, he loves everything from rock to country, jazz, R&B, pop, and classical. There is no greater feeling for him than capturing a moment on stage for others to enjoy for posterity. Whatever your taste, his goal is to provide "music for your eyes."