Jazz returns to Newport at last

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Wednesday August 04, 2021

From The Boston Globe

Jazz returns to Newport at last, and it’s something to celebrate
By: Bill Beuttler

…Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science performed early Saturday afternoon on the Quad Stage, mixing first-rate music with social-justice messaging on an array of topics including the US prison industry, the ill treatment of Native Americans, and others. “Pray the Gay Away” was a highlight, opening with Morgan Guerin’s unaccompanied tenor sax soon joined by the other instrumentalists and eventually the vocalizing of Debo Ray and Kokayi. Ray also shined on the set-closing “Bells,” taking back up the lyrics protesting police killings after an instrumental break worked its way to a crowd-pleasing crescendo…

…Chris Potter dazzled on tenor saxophone with his Circuits Trio on the Lawn Stage, followed by the legendary Mavis Staples performing a set featuring familiar pieces like the Staple Singers classic “Respect Yourself” and the spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

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