Over the course of three days last week my response to the jazz is dead proclamation changed from “oh really, that’s a shame,” to “you’ve got to be kidding, music this vital will never die.” I want to say at the outset that I’m not expert. I’ve always liked jazz, and some jazz artists like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Charlie Haden are among my favorite musicians ever. It’s just that I’m no expert on the subject. So if I get anything wrong, please feel free to educate me in the comments section.
Although I’ve been covering the Newport Folk Festival for many years, I’ve never covered the Newport Jazz Festival for the very reason stated above. I just didn’t feel that I could write about it in an educated manner. But this year was the 60th anniversary of the Jazz Festival, which qualifies it as the oldest popular music festival in the world, and I had to jump in. I’m very happy that I did.