James Brown Live

1969 Newport Jazz Festival




Wolfgang’s Vault’s concert section is a goldmine of lost treasures. From Charles Mingus to the Meters to The Police, they have the classic live show archive on lock. Today, we’re treated to James Brown’s legendary 1969 Newport Jazz Festival performance that finds James, Maceo, Clyde and crew in top form. The ’69 festival lineup was decidedly not jazzy enough for the purists, revealing just how far off the mark so many critics were at the time. Alongside Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Mingus were a host of big arena rock acts like Zappa, Zeppelin, and Sly Stone. But even the biggest haters couldn’t front on Soul Brother Number One’s tight stage show. So if you’re still feeling that lost hour of sleep from this past weekend, get on the good foot and peep this classic JB set here.


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