2018 FORT ADAMS LINEUP
FRIDAY AUGUST 3, 2018
Lensing the Newport Mob: On Jazz on a Summer’s Day
hosted by Nate Chinen
Nate Chinen is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon, 2018). He has been writing about jazz for more than twenty years, notably for The New York Times, JazzTimes and the Philadelphia City Paper. As the director of editorial content at WBGO, he works with the multi-platform program Jazz Night in America and contributes a range of coverage to NPR Music. An eleven-time winner of the Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association, he is also coauthor of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, the autobiography of Newport Jazz Festival co-founder George Wein. He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
“Lensing the Newport Mob: On Jazz on a Summer’s Day.” is a close study of Bert Stern’s film, putting it within the historical and musical context of the Newport Jazz Festival (with a particular focus on the 1958 edition, featured in the film), and the advertising industry that Stern inhabits.