Newport 50th Anniversary Celebration: A Preview
I cannot resist the observation that, in its own way, and at its best, jazz can be a uniquely civilizing process. For one thing, it allows the performers and listeners an opportunity to experience extremes of emotion from ecstasy and erotic passion, to utmost grief and sadness, without losing control or falling apart. In this way, festivals bring together diverse people in a common bond of universal feelings. The subtly and complexity of expression of jazz also modulates, refines, elaborates, and indeed adds meaning, to our emotions, making us simultaneously observer and observed, witnesses and participants in a communal experience which yet respects individuality. The outdoor setting of a festival, whether beneath the sun or stars, highlights this wonderful sense of community. We should all be grateful to George Wein and other producers, and to the many people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make festivals like the Newport possible.
For the complete schedule of events visit the Newport Jazz Festival website .