What an incredible weekend at the Newport Jazz festival! Saturday was packed and fans crowded around every stages. It was great to see musicians that play at Scullers such as Regina Carter, Hiromi, Grace Kelly, Jason Palmer, Michel Camilo, Joey Defrancesco, to only name the few. In addition, Fred and I were very happy to bump into a few Scullers regulars.
Esperanza Spalding sounded and looked beautiful and we are looking forward to having her at Scullers in December. Among the old guard (Wynton Marsalis, Brubeck Brothers, Al DiMeola) there were many artists perhaps less known to Scullers patrons. These are performers we would like to see more at the club in the future. For example, we are certain that Ravi Coltrane, Anat Cohen and Avishai Cohen, Steve Coleman and Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet would please lots of Scullers regulars while also attracting new followers. Weâ€™ll see what the future holds!
The weekend closed with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on the main stage. The powerful and bright sound of his trombone pierced the rain and sounded like a foghorn for everyone in the crowd. The weekend was a true affirmation of jazz!
It was great to discover Trombone Shorty at the festival and to hear saxophonist (and also flautist) Charles Lloyd on the main stage. It was also a joy to listen to and watch drummer Eric Harland, who was performing with Lloyd. As always, whenever possible, jazz fans (and I am including myself) need to get out and support live jazz!
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
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