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5:59 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Sunday

Jenny Scheinman and Bill Frisell perform songs of John Lennon on Saturday of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. The two will perform as a duo on Sunday.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

After a sunny, warm afternoon on the Rhode Island shore, the first full day of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone. If you've got a free moment, you can already replay many of the sets we recorded online. But starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, we'll be presenting eight more hours of live video from the festival at npr.org/newportjazz. Here's what's on tap:

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Newport Jazz Festival
5:58 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Bill Frisell Plays John Lennon, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Bill Frisell performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:53 pm

Bill Frisell is a soft-spoken guy who does a lot of talking with his guitar — and its pedals and effects. So perhaps it's appropriate that he recently issued an album called All We Are Saying, an collection of John Lennon songs. Though he's known primarily for working with other improvisers, he's of the Baby Boomer generation, and he doesn't hide his love for Beatles songs away. With a band including steel guitar (Greg Leisz) and violin (Jenny Scheinman), Frisell doesn't reinvent the wheel — but he certainly gives it a new spin.

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Newport Jazz Festival
4:14 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Darcy James Argue conducts his Secret Society at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:56 pm

The composer Darcy James Argue has steadily been rescuing the big band from the dustbin of anachronism through a combination of enormously open ears and a gigantic well of patience. But it's paying off: After the release of his debut album Infernal Machines, the greatness of the Secret Society became an open secret, and his "co-conspirators" have now recorded a much-anticipated sophomore album. Eighteen of them give us a taste, including a peek at the Brooklyn Babylon project, originally designed for live music and live painting.

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Music Interviews
3:52 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Jimmy Cliff On Career 'Rebirth' And The Nature Of Success

Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff says the title of his new album, Rebirth, refers both to his own career and to humanity at large.
Tom Sheehan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 10:18 pm

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Newport Jazz Festival
2:56 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum (center) plays the melodica at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, accompanied by Yunior Terry (left) on bass and Dafnis Prieto (right) on drums.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:56 pm

Like his countryman Pedrito Martinez (also appearing at Newport this year), drummer Dafnis Prieto came over from Cuba around the turn of the century — promptly placing every rhythm section in New York City on notice. His next-level understanding of the clave, combined with his seeming willingness to try anything that grooves, led to his nomination as a MacArthur Fellow last year. That cast of mind powering a sextet with horns will prove volatile, as it did on his 2008 album Taking The Soul For A Walk.

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