The annual Newport Jazz Festival landed at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI last weekend. The three day festival’s Friday headliner was an incredible collaboration between Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Branford Marsalis.
The set was actually supposed to feature JRAD and Kamasi Washington, but Washington dropped out at the last minute. JRAD and the festival organizers were able to recruit Marsalis on short notice to fill in.
This isn’t Marsalis’ first brush with the Dead. Marsalis and the Dead famously collaborated back in the early 90s and connected back in 2018 with Dead and Co.
Marsalis reignited the tradition again at Newport with a fabulous 90 minute set.
King Solomon’s Marbles
8:19 Row Jimmy>
26:03 Let It Grow>
45:11 Estimated Prophet>
1:01:43 Terrapin Station
1:19:33 Brokedown Palace
Thanks to Stephen Butler for the great front row footage!