Landmark “Live at Newport” Performances from Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and
Lionel Hampton Available for 1st Time Digitally
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival this summer with the first digital release of six classic “Live at Newport” albums, available exclusively on iTunes: iTunes.com/NewportJazz.
Two of the exclusive new releases–Ellington At Newport: The Original Album and The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Newport 1958–have been newly remastered in 24-bit and Mastered for iTunes, this ensures that the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity that more closely replicates what the artists, recording engineers and producers intended. Originally released on Columbia Records, The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Newport 1958 is now available for the first time digitally. and has also been remastered in 24 bit and Mastered for iTunes, Brubeck’s concert performance is a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington.
Since its inception as the “First Annual American Jazz Festival” in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival set the standard for large scale outdoor summer music gatherings. Subsequent music festivals–from Newport Folk through Montreux, Monterey Pop, Woodstock, Coachella and beyond–have Newport Jazz to thank for establishing the concept and reality of a music community coming together for a shared outdoor concert experience.
With the 60th anniversary edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, returning to its original home at the Casino and at Fort Adams State Parkon August 1, 2, 3 in Newport, Rhode Island, music fans can enjoy some of the Festival’s finest performances from Duke Ellington, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald and Lionel Hampton on six new digital releases.
Jazz impresario and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein called Duke Ellington’s 1956 concert at Newport, “the greatest performance of [Ellington’s] career,” adding that the music “stood for everything that jazz had been and could be.” The digital edition of Ellington At Newport: The Original Album restores the record to its original sequence while adding four live performances that first appeared on Duke Ellington and The Buck Clayton All Stars At Newport (a companion album released in 1956).
Four additional Live at Newport albums are now available for the first time as digital releases:
Ella Fitzgerald – Newport Jazz Festival: Live At Carnegie Hall July 5, 1973
Lionel Hampton – Reunion At Newport 1967
Duke Ellington – Newport 1958
Duke Ellington – Live At Newport 1958
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