Norah Jones, Kamasi Washington & More Inspire Sell-Out Crowd at Newport Jazz Festival (via Billboard)

“Riot Prevention.” “Pandemonium.” No, these aren’t titles off Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart — they’re track names from Duke Ellington’s seminal Ellington at Newport, recorded 50 years ago at the Newport Jazz Festival. That same festival took place this past weekend (July 29-31) at Newport’s Fort Adams State Park with — for one last time — the same artistic director at the helm: George Wein, often credited as the inventor of the modern music festival. No riots broke out and there wasn’t much in the way of pandemonium (though traffic leaving the festival’s sold-out second day came close), but per usual, the diverse lineup and enthusiastic crowds proved an excellent retort to jazz’s stodgy reputation.

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