Newport Jazz Festival 1959

  • Track Count 25
  • Total Length 2:33:30
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Surrey with the Fringe on Top The Ahmad Jamal Trio 03:16
  2. 2 Back to the Apple Count Basie and His Orchestra 05:31
  3. 3 Five O'Clock In The Morning Blues Count Basie and His Orchestra 02:36
  4. 4 Trust in Me Dakota Staton 02:43
  5. 5 Manteca Dizzy Gillespie 05:29
  6. 6 Stompin' at the Savoy Gene Krupa Quartet 12:10
  7. 7 Lulu's Back in Town George Shearing 02:20
  8. 8 St. Thomas Herbie Mann Sextet 06:57
  9. 9 Blowin' the Blues Away Horace Silver Quintet 08:35
  10. 10 Sister Sadie Horace Silver Quintet 07:36
  11. 11 Bye Bye Blackbird Jimmy Smith Trio 06:42
  12. 12 Doggin' Around Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra 04:42
  13. 13 Oleo Maynard Ferguson & Orchestra 09:44
  14. 14 Mark of Jazz Maynard Ferguson & Orchestra 09:58
  15. 15 Django The Modern Jazz Quartet 04:44
  16. 16 Daahoud Oscar Peterson Trio 05:36
  17. 17 Woody N' You Oscar Peterson Trio 04:30
  18. 18 That's A Plenty Phil Napoleon And His Original Memphis Five 05:03
  19. 19 The Big Chase Stan Kenton & Orchestra 05:00
  20. 20 It's All Right With Me Stan Kenton & Orchestra 04:17
  21. 21 M&M The Jazz Messengers 08:51
  22. 22 Moanin' The Jazz Messengers 10:18
  23. 23 Nica's Dream The Mastersounds 06:59
  24. 24 Crepuscule with Nellie Thelonious Monk 02:39
  25. 25 Rhythm-a-ning Thelonious Monk 07:14
Playlist Description

The Newport Jazz Festival was already an established institution in 1959, its sixth year of operation. George Wein’s annual outdoor bash on Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island had been extensively covered by Down Beat magazine since its inception in 1955 and was thoroughly examined in Bert Stern’s stunning 1958 documentary, Jazz on a Summer’s Day. And jazz fans continued to flock to Acquidneck Island in record numbers to take in the sun and savor the sounds at this grand event. As Wein declared in a press conference at the time: “The name ‘Newport’ is synonymous with jazz, and signifies the most single event in the history of jazz. Success at Newport did more to help jazz and increase the prestige of jazz than anything else in the world.” The lineup at the 1959 festival reads like a Who’s Who in Jazz, featuring legends like Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Gene Krupa and Dizzy Gillespie interspersed with new stars like Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Mann and the Mastersounds (a popular quartet at the time led by Wes Mongtomery’s brothers Monk on electric bass and Buddy on vibraphone). There was something for everybody at the 1959 edition of Wein’s clambake. Captured in remarkable clarity over 60 years ago, these historic concerts are now available for streaming and downloading, via the Concert Vault. -Playlist curated by esteemed jazz writer and Jaco Pastorius biographer Bill Milkowski.