Meet the Musicians of the Newport Jazz Festival On Tour
Before you go see the Newport Jazz Festival® Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn & Larry Grenadier on Thursday, we want to make sure you get to know the musicians you’ll be listening to on stage. These seven individuals are all major players in the jazz world, so we’ve given you quick descriptions and fun facts about them. First, press play on the video below to get a little background music going:
Now click on the image of the musician to learn more!
Anat Cohen (Clarinet) has been voted Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association six years in a row. She began studying clarinet at age 12, and established her own record label called Anzic Records in 2005
Clarence Penn (Drums) has toured the US, the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. His motto is: “When people hear my name, I want them to think, ‘I don’t know what band he’s playing with tonight or what he’ll be doing, but it’s going to be good, it’s going to be musical.” He is a Detroit native and a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan.
Karin Allyson (Vocals) has won four Grammy awards. All four she have been for Best Jazz Vocal Album; Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (2001), Footprints (2006), Imagina: Songs of Brasil (2008), and ‘Round Midnight (2011). She can sing in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish
Larry Grenadier (Bass) first began playing electric base in a band with his brothers around the house when he was eleven. He graduated from Stanford and was able to study under the legendary Stan Getz; he even got to tour at times with Getz’s band. He currently is a member of Brad Mehldau’s trio, FLY trio, and tours with his wife Rebecca Martin
Mark Whitfield (Guitar) graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1987. He was dubbed by the New York Times as the “Best Young Guitarist in the Business”. He has performed with Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and many more.
Peter Martin (Piano) began studying piano and violin at age 3. He was named “Best Jazz Musician” in 2010 by St. Louis’ Riverfront Times. He was also chosen as one of the musicians to play at the White House State Dinner when President Obama welcomed the Chinese President.
Randy Brecker (Trumpet) has collaborated with many big music industry names, including James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic, and Frank Sinatra. His band formed with his brother Michael, the Brecker Brothers Band, earned seven Grammy nominations between 1977 and 1981; ten years later, they earned a triple nomination for their reunion album ‘The Return of the Brecker Brothers’. 1997’s ‘Into the Sun’ earned him his first solo Grammy.
Still want to learn more? Check out the show page here: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/newport-jazz-festival