US hip-hop leg­ends wrap up New­port Jazz Fes­ti­val

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The New­port Jazz Fes­ti­val wrapped up Sun­day with a clos­ing per­for­mance from the leg­endary hip-hop band "The Roots" as a new artis­tic direc­tor put his stamp on one of the world's most ven­er­a­ble jazz car­ni­vals. The three-day fes­ti­val in Rhode Is­land, which be­gan in 1954, has been head­lined over the years by jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Duke Elling­ton and John Coltrane un­der the stew­ard­ship of its founder-pro­moter Ge­orge Wein.

Since Wein stepped down last year, new artis­tic direc­tor Chris­tian McBride has in­tro­duced a more eclec­tic line-up, fea­tur­ing soul, Afro-Cuban and DJs as well as more tra­di­tional jazz stars such as Bran­ford Marsalis who ap­peared on Sat­ur­day night. McBride, who is him­self a Grammy Award­win­ning bassist, said he was proud to fea­ture "The Roots," a band re­garded as god­fa­thers of hip-hop and best known in the United States as the house band of late-night co­me­dian Jimmy Fal­lon.

"The one thing I think all these mu­si­cians have in com­mon is that they all strive and achieve ex­cel­lence," McBride told AFP. "What­ever style there is that they are in, they are ex­cel­lent at it." The fes­ti­val is re­garded as one of the high­lights of the sum­mer cul­tural cal­en­dar in the north­east­ern United States and is held at the same venue as the New­port folk fes­ti­val. — AFP

Sax­o­phone great Bran­ford Marsalis (cen­ter) per­forms with (from left) pi­anist Joey Calder­azzo, bassist Eric Re­vis and Ko­bie Watkins dur­ing the New­port Jazz Fes­ti­val Au­gust in New­port, Rhode Is­land.

Mem­bers of the group Nat­u­rally 7 per­form at Fort Adams dur­ing the New­port Jazz Fes­ti­val in New­port, Rhode Is­land. — AFP pho­tos

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