Cecile McLorin Salvant (Photo: Rick Farrell)

A sell-out crowd squeezed into Fort Adams State Park Saturday, July 30 for Day 2 of the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival. Once again it was a day for youth to shine, as well as one that saw women artists taking charge.

There was more energy in the line-up than ever before behind bands like Sons of Kemet, Cory Wong and Fort Stage closer, The Fearless Flyers. Jazz festival newcomers Yussef Dayes and Sullivan Fortner brought some heat and Eric Wurzelbacher was strong on “fill-in duty” for the Jack DeJohnnette Quartet.

Women-led bands comprised almost half of the acts Saturday with strong sets from NJF first-timers Samara Joy, Holly Bowling and Melanie Charles. Festival veterans Esperanza Spalding, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazzmeia Horn, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra pretty much ruled the day.

The Festival concludes Sunday, July 31 with Digable Planets, Angelique Kidjo, PJ Morton, and a tribute to longtime producer George Wein. Tickets are still available here.

WhatsUpNewp photographer Rick Farrell took another set of amazing photos – check them out in the gallery below.

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."