Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder George Wein to New Artistic Director Christian McBride

As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own account, he was totally surprised when chosen for this role. The conversations with George Wein, the founder and director of the Newport fest, began in October 2015. Wein, at that time 90 years old, was seeking a worthy successor. McBride was surprised by Wein wanting to talk to him about that role. He recalls, “George said, Christian come by my apartment in New York City. I want to have lunch with you. So I knew whatever he wanted to talk to me about was pretty serious.”

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