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Samara Pleasure performs on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant, which spanned from July 29 to July 31, in Newport, R.I.

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Samara Pleasure performs on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant, which spanned from July 29 to July 31, in Newport, R.I.

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Early in his set on the Newport Jazz Pageant on Sunday afternoon, Jason Moran left his station on the piano, stepping over to a microphone. «I have been enthusiastic about what it means for individuals to assemble and hear once more, collectively,» he stated, waving an arm towards the sunbaked crowd at Fort Adams State Park. His phrases carried layers of connotation, rooted within the shared understanding of one thing valuable misplaced and located.

That feeling ran all through the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant, again in full after a pandemic disruption. (There was no in-person occasion in 2020, and a decreased capability in 2021.) However this was additionally its first version since the loss of life of George Wein, who co-founded the fest in 1954, setting a typical for outside music presentation that he continued to refine and realign effectively into his 90s. So there have been bittersweet notes even within the weekend’s bounding exuberance, as pageant veterans like bassist Ron Carter and composer-conductor Maria Schneider made their mark alongside newcomers like trumpeter Giveton Gelin and singer Samara Pleasure, who every made glowing, auspicious debuts.

One other first-timer to the Newport Jazz Pageant this yr: Ozier Muhammad, a superb photojournalist who’s been on employees on the New York Occasions for the final 30 years. A lifelong jazz fan, Muhammad was in perpetual movement at Fort Adams, capturing artists each onstage and behind the scenes. This assortment of photographs represents the merest fraction of what he shot, however it conveys the spirit of the fest — as much as and together with its finale, an all-star tribute to Wein.

Spearheaded by Christian McBride, Wein’s handpicked successor as inventive director of the Newport Jazz Pageant (who additionally serves as host of Jazz Night time in America), this was a celebration each poignant and euphoric. Its heavyweight crew included among the artists nearest and dearest to Wein’s coronary heart — like Cécile McLorin Salvant, trumpeters Jon Faddis and Randy Brecker, clarinetist Anat Cohen, and pianist Hiromi. All of them converged onstage for the closing quantity, a rollick by way of Duke Ellington’s «Cotton Tail» that summoned the sound and spirit of Newport Jazz Festivals previous, whereas gleefully barreling forward.

Folks dance within the crowd on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Folks dance within the crowd on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant performs onstage, with Sullivan Fortner within the background.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant performs onstage, with Sullivan Fortner within the background.

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Left: Steve Wilson performs the saxophone onstage. Proper: Ron Carter and Quintell Williams-Carter.

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Left: Steve Wilson performs the saxophone onstage. Proper: Ron Carter and Quintell Williams-Carter.

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Nora Hogan holds a «Jazz Is Lifeless presents» signal.

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Nora Hogan holds a «Jazz Is Lifeless presents» signal.

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Jon Faddis (left) and Giveton Gelin through the «Celebrating George Wein» tribute on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Jon Faddis (left) and Giveton Gelin through the «Celebrating George Wein» tribute on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Hiromi performs onstage through the «Celebrating George Wein» tribute.

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Hiromi performs onstage through the «Celebrating George Wein» tribute.

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Girl Blackbird backstage on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Girl Blackbird backstage on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Christian McBride (left) and Brandee Youthful carry out onstage.

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Christian McBride (left) and Brandee Youthful carry out onstage.

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Terence Blanchard (heart) and bassist David «DJ» Ginyard carry out onstage on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Terence Blanchard (heart) and bassist David «DJ» Ginyard carry out onstage on the 2022 Newport Jazz Pageant.

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Alanté Serene edited the pictures for this piece.

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