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In recent years, the Newport Jazz Festival has been investing a lot in musicians whose careers are just beginning to pick up momentum — musicians often in their 20s and 30s who come with original fusions and vantage points. But the festival organizers also know that they present a music whose creators get better and wiser with age. Surely enough, this year's lineup recognizes the contributions of several veteran bandleaders who are as creative as ever.
Here are five video clips which capture a bit of what you'll hear and see this weekend, when NPR Music presents 16 hours of live festival coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. We won't be able to feature all of these artists in our broadcast, and this list certainly doesn't mention all the distinguished heads of state in Newport this weekend. But hopefully it'll whet your appetite for what's coming up.