Newport Sessions

Free lectures, tutorials, conversations, and performances meant to inspire the next generation of players and fans

NEWPORT FOLK SESSIONS

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Langhorne Slim & Jay Sweet

Langhorne Slim & Jay Sweet

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Langhorne Slim & Jay Sweet – "Life is Confusing: a talk about mental health and music"EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly is a saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger. She has recorded with Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck,...

"Life is Confusing: a talk about mental health and music"
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Andrew Bird – "Using the Violin as a Songwriting Tool" Andrew Bird shows us how the violin, although different from a guitar or keyboard, can be an effective songwriting instrument.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Andrew Bird is an...

"Using the Violin as a Songwriting Tool"
Jason Isbell & Chris Funk

Jason Isbell & Chris Funk

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A conversation with Chris Funk & Jason Isbell Jason Isbell talks about his background in music, his unique style of slide guitar and provides a demonstration.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Jason Isbell is an American...

"Slide Guitar"
Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY Jason Isbell - "Sailin' Shoes" Watch Jason perform "Sailin' Shoes" by Little Feet recorded at Newport Folk.SUGGESTED SESSIONS

"Sailin' Shoes"
Celisse & Chris Funk

Celisse & Chris Funk

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A conversation with Chris Funk & Celisse Celisse discusses her journey as a musician, from classical training to performing on Broadway, all the way to becoming an electric guitarist and performing her own music.EDUCATOR RESOURCES...

"Celisse's Journey"
Billy Strings

Billy Strings

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY Billy Strings – "Bound to Ride" Billy Strings performs "Bound to Ride" recorded at Newport Folk.SUGGESTED SESSIONS

"Bound to Ride"
Chris Thile & Chris Funk

Chris Thile & Chris Funk

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A conversation with Chris Funk & Chris Thile Chris Thile speaks to his approach in playing mandolin, exercises in possibility, and the importance of practice. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Chris Thile is an American mandolinist,...

"Mandolin Technique"
Joy Oladokun & Adia Victoria

Joy Oladokun & Adia Victoria

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Joy Oladokun & Adia Victoria - “Give Me One Reason” Joy Oladokun and Adia Victoria discuss the Black women musicians who inspired them and perform a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason”.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Joy...

“Give Me One Reason”
Rachael Price & Chris Funk

Rachael Price & Chris Funk

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A conversation with Chris Funk & Rachael Price Rachael Price shares a singing breakthrough she made with her vocal coach and talks about the importance of vocal care. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Rachael Price is an...

"Vocal Care"
Sierra Ferrell

Sierra Ferrell

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY Sierra Ferrell – "Bells of Every Chapel" Sierra Ferrell performs her song "Bells Of Every Chapel"SUGGESTED SESSIONS

"Bells Of Every Chapel"
J.P. Harris

J.P. Harris

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY JP Harris - "The Nashville Number System" In this quick tutorial, JP Harris teaches us about The Nashville Number System, a technique that any musician interested in studio or club work should have under their belt. EDUCATOR...

"The Nashville Number System"
Adrianne Lenker

Adrianne Lenker

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Adrianne Lenker - "Alternate Tunings" In this quick tutorial, Adrianne Lenker from Big Thief shares with us some of her favorite alternate tunings and how they have sided her songwriting.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Subject: Students will...

"Alternate Tunings"
Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Robert Ellis - "Travis Picking" Robert Ellis teaches how to play the Travis Picking guitar style using the song Spikedriver Blues. Named after country guitarist Merle Travis, the Travis picking guitar technique is achieved by...

"Travis Picking"
Blues at Newport 1966

Blues at Newport 1966

< BACK TO NEWPORT SESSIONS LIBRARY Devil Got My Woman: Blues at Newport 1966 Shot after hours at Newport Folk in 1966 by American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, this recording features 14 performances by such blues greats as Son House, Skip James and Howlin' Wolf...

"Devil Got My Woman" Documentary
Ben Harper

Ben Harper

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Ben Harper – "Instruments and Music From Around the World" For over 60 years, Ben Harper's family has owned and operated the Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA. In this video, Ben, his mother, Ellen, and staff members, Henry and...

"Instruments and Music From Around the World"
Liz Cooper

Liz Cooper

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Liz Cooper – "Shoot The Moon" Liz Cooper performs "Shoot The Moon" live from Fort Adams.Suggested Sessions SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the...

"Shoot The Moon"
Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY Courtney Marie Andrews – "It Must Be Someone Else's Fault" Courtney Marie Andrews sings "It Must Be Someone Else's Fault" live from Fort Adams.Suggested Sessions SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to...

"It Must Be Someone Else's Fault"
The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY The Lone Bellow - "Wonder" The Lone Bellow perform their song "Wonder".Suggested Sessions SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the future of our festivals...

"Wonder"
Courtney Marie Andrews & Liz Cooper

Courtney Marie Andrews & Liz Cooper

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Courtney Marie Andrews & Liz Cooper - "The Songwriter's Process" Courtney and Liz have a one on one discussion breaking down each other's writing process centered around each's favorite song of the other. Includes...

“The Songwriter’s Process”
The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY The Lone Bellow - "Bringing A New Song To Your Band" Zach, Kanine, and Brian discuss how a song gets brought to the group and developed – with a focus on harmonies. Includes a performance.EDUCATOR RESOURCES SUBJECT: Zach, Kanine,...

“Bringing A New Song To Your Band”
Various Artists

Various Artists

< BACK TO NEWPORT SESSIONS LIBRARY "What The World Needs Now" Newport Folk artists come together as part of our 2020 Newport Folk Revival weekend.Suggested Sessions SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to Newport Festivals...

"What The World Needs Now"
Phoebe Bridgers & Courtney Barnett

Phoebe Bridgers & Courtney Barnett

< BACK TO NEWPORT SESSIONS LIBRARY "Everything Is Free" – Phoebe Bridgers & Courtney Barnett Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Barnett cover "Everything Is Free" by Gillian Welch for the 2020 Newport Folk Revival weekend.Suggested Sessions[related_sessions...

"Everything Is Free"

NEWPORT JAZZ SESSIONS

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Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Mikaela Davis & Christian McBride - "Pushing the Boundaries of a Classical Instrument" Mikaela Davis and Christian McBride sit down together at Newport Jazz 2021 to discuss pushing the boundaries of the harp, a traditional classical...

"Pushing the Boundaries of a Classical Instrument"
Khruangbin & Christian McBride

Khruangbin & Christian McBride

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Khruangbin & Christian McBride – "Choose Your Team Wisely" Khruangbin joins Christian McBride at Newport Jazz 2021 to discuss the importance of having the right team behind you as an artist.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly...

"Choose Your Team Wisely"
Cory Wong

Cory Wong

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Cory Wong - "Practicing Rhythm" A simple, yet effective training exercise to improve your rhythm.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Cory Wong is a Grammy-nominated American guitarist, bassist, songwriter, podcast-host, and producer...

"Practicing Rhythm"
Christian McBride & Robert Glasper

Christian McBride & Robert Glasper

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Christian McBride & Robert Glasper Christian and Robert discuss their upbringings, share advice for young jazz musicians, and the importance of knowing the history without getting held back by it.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructors:...

"Recorded at Newport Jazz 2021"
Christian McBride

Christian McBride

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Christian McBride - "The Importance of Music Education" Dan Swain from Newport Festivals Foundation sits down with Christian McBride to discuss the importance of music education.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly is a...

"The Importance of Music Education"
Danielle Ponder & Christian McBride

Danielle Ponder & Christian McBride

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A Conversation with Danielle Ponder & Christian McBride Danielle Ponder sits down to talk life and music with Christian McBride at Newport Jazz 20221.EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly is a saxophonist, songwriter, and...

"Recorded at Newport Jazz 2021"
Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Grace Kelly – "Body Language" In this quick tutorial, Grace Kelly teaches us about Body Language and how it can make or break a live performance. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly is a saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger....

"Body Language"
Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Grace Kelly – "Ear Training" In this quick tutorial, Grace Kelly teaches us how to train our ears to better convey our emotions, improve our improvisation skills and collaborate with other musicians. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor:...

"Ear Training"
Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Grace Kelly – "Audience Interaction" In this quick tutorial, Grace Kelly teaches us about audience interaction and how to connect with an audience when performing live. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace Kelly is a saxophonist,...

"Audience Interaction"
Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Grace Kelly – "Professionalism" In this quick tutorial, Grace Kelly teaches us about professionalism, an important, yet often overlooked skill for anyone who is interested in being a musician. EDUCATOR RESOURCES Instructor: Grace...

"Professionalism"
Giveton Gelin

Giveton Gelin

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY ASCAP Foundation - Giveton Gelin At age 10, Gelin, 2020 HAYJC award recipient, taught himself to play the trumpet simply by emulating his favorite records. After years of self-tutelage, Adrian D’Aguilar, bass player, began to mentor...

ASCAP Foundation
Clint Bleil

Clint Bleil

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY ASCAP Foundation - Clint Bleil Clint Bleil, chosen as the 2021 HAYJC recipient who would have performed live at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival, is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He regularly performs in...

ASCAP Foundation
The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY The Bad Plus - "Structure" The Bad Plus have developed a reputation for their genre-bending and provocative compositions. In this video, they break down the concept of “structure” and explain its importance as it pertains to...

"Structure"
Nate Smith & Brittany Howard

Nate Smith & Brittany Howard

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Nate Smith & Brittany Howard - "Collaborating" The collaborative process is incredibly important for musicians - particularly jazz musicians. In this Session, Nate Smith meets up with Brittany Howard at Sound Emporium in Nashville...

"Collaborating"
Nate Smith & Norah Jones

Nate Smith & Norah Jones

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Nate Smith & Norah Jones - "Collaborating" The collaborative process is incredibly important for musicians - particularly jazz musicians. In this Session, Nate Smith and Norah Jones break down their most recent collaboration and...

"Collaborating"
Nate Smith & Cory Wong

Nate Smith & Cory Wong

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Nate Smith & Cory Wong - "Collaborating" The collaborative process is incredibly important for musicians - particularly jazz musicians. In this Session, Nate Smith and Cory Wong break down their most recent collaboration and discuss...

"Collaborating"
Tribute to Chick Corea

Tribute to Chick Corea

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY A Newport Jazz Tribute to Chick Corea Host Christian McBride brings together some of Chick Corea's closest collaborators to celebrate his legendary life and contributions – guests include Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jack...

Hosted by Christian McBride
Nubya Garcia

Nubya Garcia

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Nubya Garcia – "My Process" Nubya Garcia is one of the most prominent young players and contributors in the current London and worldwide Jazz scene. In this video she shares with us her process of how to compose for both her own...

"My Process"
Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Gregory Porter Christian McBride and Gregory Porter talk about coming up in the Jazz scene, family, and Newport Jazz. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – January 26, 2020.Suggested...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
José James

José James

< BACK TO SESSIONS LIBRARY José James – "Saint James" José James performs "Saint James" live from Fort Adams.Suggested SessionsSHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the future of our...

"Saint James"
José James

José James

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY José James – "Leading Your Band" José James talks about bringing a song to your band and leading them through a live performance or recording session. He walks through his 2018 Newport Jazz performance of Bill Withers' "Grandma's...

“Leading Your Band”
Makaya McCraven

Makaya McCraven

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Makaya McCraven – "Finding Your Sound" Makaya walks us through the musical influences that helped him develop his unique approach to drumming and producing.Suggested SessionsSHOW YOUR SUPPORT...

"Finding Your Sound"
DJ Logic

DJ Logic

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY DJ Logic – "Jazz Samples in Hip Hop" DJ Logic breaks down the origins of Jazz samples used in several popular Hip Hop tracks.  This video contains mature language and themes. Please view the content prior to sharing with...

"Jazz Samples in Hip Hop"
Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Robert Glasper This edition of Live Wax was recorded specifically for Highsnobiety's JAZZ TV program.Suggested SessionsSHOW YOUR SUPPORT Your donation to Newport...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
Newport Jazz Assembly Band

Newport Jazz Assembly Band

Newport SessionsNewport Jazz Assembly Band"A Brief History of Jazz"The Newport Jazz Assembly Band program introduces students to the history and traditions of Jazz music. Prior to the pandemic, the bands had performed for over 25,000 students in schools in Rhode...

The Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Jazz Assembly Band

The Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Jazz Assembly Band

Newport SessionsThe Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Jazz Assembly Band"What is Jazz?" A presentation on these three eras in Jazz; Swing, Bebop and Hard Bop. Discussion will be on the evolution of the jazz soloist and will include the approach to common jazz progressions,...

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Wayne Shorter Christian McBride and Wayne Shorter talk music, opera, and the times we find ourselves in. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – June 9, 2020.Suggested Sessions[related_sessions...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
Norah Jones

Norah Jones

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Norah Jones Christian McBride and Norah Jones talk songwriting, careers, and Willy Nelson. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – May 26, 2020.Suggested Sessions[related_sessions...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Branford Marsalis Christian McBride and Branford Marsalis talk family, path to Jazz, and sound. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – July 21, 2020.Suggested Sessions[related_sessions...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Cécile McLorin Salvant Christian McBride and Cécile McLorin Salvant talk about being off the road, Cécile's visual arts, and a new fairy tale project. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – May...

Live Wax with Christian McBride
Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

< NEWPORT SESSIONS VIDEO LIBRARY Live Wax with Christian McBride: Grace Kelly Christian McBride and Grace Kelly talk Fred Taylor, collaborations, and working out from home. Replay of @newportjazzfest Instagram Live – September 1, 2020.Suggested...

Live Wax with Christian McBride

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