The holiday weekend looks like a great one for jazz fans--if you have wheels and a little money to spare. First off is the Newport Jazz Festival, which for the first time in several years is actually taking place in Newport, R.I., not New York. The nation's most famous jazz festival returns home Saturday for a brief three-day stint that will feature some of the biggest and best names in the business Among the acts, you'll be able to see Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and George Benson, with many more of equal stature waiting in the wings. Although Newport is about two hours away by car (well, 90 minutes), and although the tickets for this gig are obscenely expensive, the scenery--Newport was to the late 19th century what Southampton is to the '70s--and the music can't be beat. If you can possibly make it, by all means go.
Also out in left field, but also worth seeing, is the master of the keyboard, Keith Jarrett, at Tanglewood on the 4th. Finally, Chick Corea will be in town, at the Music Hall, Monday night.
Chick Corea--With Gayle Moran at the Music Hall, Boston, Monday at 7:30. Tickets--$7.50 and $8.50.
Keith Jarrett--Jazz piano extraordinaire. At Tanglewod, Lenox, Tuesday at 7, Tickets--$7.50 and $8.50.
Newport Jazz Festival--At the Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I., Saturday through Monday at 6. Tickets $10, $12.50 and $15.