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\"Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60!\"

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Phone: (517) 432-2000
Venue: Wharton Center
Address: MSU Campus
Details:
Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival was the first of its kind in America and has been called the "grandfather of all jazz festivals." 2014 marks its 60th year, and the Festival is celebrating with a multi-generational tour featuring an all-star band honoring the festival's rich heritage, its significance and the global scope of jazz today. Led by clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, the ensemble features vocalist Karrin Allyson, hailed by the LA Times as "the jazz world's finest" and often heard on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion; five-time Grammy- winning trumpet wizard, Randy Brecker; guitarist Mark Whitfield; and pianist Peter Martin; with Clarence Penn on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass.