Sixty years of Newport jazz

A concert from Richard Pite’s Jazz Repertory Company as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November marks 60 years of the Newport Jazz Festival

In the year the renowned Newport Jazz Festival is 60, "Newport Jazz Festival: The 1950s" comes to Cadogan Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Presented by the Jazz Repertory Company, the 18 November concert will feature music from Jazz On A Summer’s Day (1959) (which saw Anita O’Day’s captivating performance of Tea For Two/Sweet Georgia Brown) and High Society (1956), as well as Duke Ellington’s Ellington at Newport album (1956) which included Paul Gonsalves’s famous 27-chorus solo on Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue. The Jazz Repertory Company, led by drummer Richard Pite (pictured), specialises in putting together "authentic live recreations of the greatest music in jazz history."

Original Newport Jazz Festival organiser George Wein (who is now 90 and still actively involved with the event) described Ellington’s 1956 appearance as "the best performance of Ellington’s career … it stood for everything that jazz had been and could be."

The music will be performed by the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra directed by Pete Long, who has also played his part in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The concert will also feature Georgina Jackson as Anita O’Day, Enrico Tomasso as Louis Armstrong, Iain Mackenzie as Frank Sinatra and Tom Langham as Bing Crosby.

Tickets are between £18 and £32 and the concert starts at 7.30pm. You can book tickets online at and find out more about Richard Pite’s Jazz Repertory Company at

Sally Evans-Darby

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Posted by Danny Melnick, 8 October 2014, 14:39 (1 of 2)

George Wein just made 89 (3 Oct). Best - Danny Melnick, Associate Producer Newport Jazz Festival

Posted by Richard Pite, 1 November 2014, 12:26 (2 of 2)

My apologies for being one year out with George's age - let me be the first to wish him a very happy 90th and, I hope, many more to come!

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