Newport Jazz Festival gets new vision with Christian McBride

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Leadership is changing at the Newport Jazz festival, where festival founder George Wein (ween) is turning over artistic direction next year to virtuoso bassist Christian McBride.

McBride has performed regularly at Newport since 1991 and appears Friday in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade. But he's also planning to spend some time walking around as an audience member to get himself ready for next year, when he'll be picking the lineup for the first time.

Wein, now 90, founded Newport as the world's first outdoor jazz festival in 1954. He says he expects McBride will give the festival a bit of a different look, which is a good thing.

Other acts performing during next weekend's festival include Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Galactic and Angélique Kidjo.