How do we bring in the younger and emerging artists who are unpopular with general public? We know that Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Count Basie had a following. We knew that Dave Brubeck had a hit record with Take Five. But what do we do with the Thelonious Monks that no one wanted to hear? Nobody wanted to hear Thelonious Monk. So we played his music in the afternoon. Afternoon programs were the best programs we had at Newport.
George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, has created countless festivals worldwide and can be connected to every important jazz musician from the last 60 years. He has worked with legends such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington, as well as contemporary masters including Kurt Elling, Pat Metheny, and The Bad Plus.