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There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.
But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.
Back-to-back, we hear the Lewis Nash Quintet and the nine-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling, here to introduce his album 1619 Broadway:The Brill Building Project. The album was named for a New York address for songwriters from Duke Ellington to Paul Simon.
"Teddy" (Bobby Hutcherson)
"Arioso" (James Williams)
"Ain't That Peculiar" (Smokey Robinson)
"Come Fly With Me" (Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen)
"Dedicated To You" (Saul Chaplin, Sammy Chan & Hy Zaret)
"On Broadway" (Jerry Lieber, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil)
"The Waking" (Theodore Roethke)
"Golden Lady" (Stevie Wonder)
Recording and Surround Sound mixes by WBGH's Antonio Oliart.