5 Unique Acts To Catch At Newport Jazz Festival This Year (via The ARTery)

A glance over the schedule of the Newport Jazz Festival — the “First Annual American Jazz Festival,” founded by George Wein in 1954 — might have some seasoned jazz fans commenting: “It’s not jazz anymore.” Despite concerts by jazz legends like Chick Corea and contemporary, straight-ahead players like Anat Cohen and Joey Alexander, these devotees still have a point.

Newport’s lineup features many artists who don’t play jazz standards, bebop or other forms of traditional jazz, but they remain an exciting part of the festival because they honor jazz while incorporating their own unique angles of world music, hip-hop and songwriting.

Here are five artists to see at Newport who might not play “Giant Steps” or “Autumn Leaves,” but will salute the rich musical culture that has grown around jazz, while stretching limits and pushing boundaries.

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