Just checking in to see if you’ll be at the Newport Jazz Festival on Friday, August 1st. I will!

If you’re going, I’d love to encourage you to check out:

Saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón who’ll be previewing his upcoming CD Identities Are Changeable at 3:35 p.m. on Friday, August 1 on the Ertegun Fort Stage.

A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Zenón leads the Identities Big Band featuring Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums; Will Vinson, Michael Thomas, alto saxophones; Samir Zarif, John Ellis, tenor saxophones; Chris Cheek, baritone saxophone; Mat Jodrel, Michael Rodriguez, Alex Norris, Jonathan Powell, trumpets; and Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Tim Albright, trombones.

Identities Are Changeable is an extended musical work for large ensemble about national identity, as experienced by the Puerto Rican community in the New York City Area. Zenón, who grew up in the island’s main city of San Juan and came to New York in 1998 to pursue a career in music, was inspired by one central question: What does it mean to be Puero Rican in 21st-century New York City? In a New York Times review, Ben Ratliff praised a performance of Identities as “Šdeep cross-media collaborationŠdrama and momentumŠ an event.”

You can stream the title track from Identities Are Changeable here!

Hot Cup recording artists Mostly Other People Do the Killing perform at 12:50 p.m. on Friday, August 1 on the CB Harbor Stage.

“Is there a jazz outfit as delightfully funny and fearless as Mostly Other People Do the Killing?” asks Paul de Barros in DownBeat. MOPDtK has resoundingly answered that question. Founded in 2003 the group has six previous highly acclaimed albums to its credit. “Šthey rip up history and make it anew,” writes Tom Hull in the Village Voice. While previous efforts have affectionately skewered diverse genres from smooth jazz to ’20s and ’30s jazz, MOPDtK has tried a different tack with the directness of Blue. Still, the band’s love and deep understanding of jazz tradition shines through no matter the style. “One never gets the sense that MOPDtK is making fun of hot jazz,” writes Steve Greenlee in a JazzTimes review of Red Hot. “Rather, they’re having fun with it. You will be too.”

At Newport the ensemble will feature bassist and bandleader Moppa Elliott, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, drummer Kevin Shea, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, pianist Ron Stabinsky, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and trombonist Dave Taylor.

And wait until you hear about their next release?

You can stream “Bird-In-Hand” from Red Hot here!

All the best


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