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Meet The Jazz Audience: Johann Adermalm

We're continuing our Meet The Jazz Audience series at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, where Blogger Supreme Lara Pellegrinelli wandered the grounds, interviewing members of the crowd. For more coverage of the festival, including full concert downloads, visit NPR.org/newportjazz. --Ed.


Johann Adermalm, 24
Sweden
with Linda Torres, 23, Providence, R.I.

Hi there. Can I interrupt you?
Johann: In a sec. Skip this one, try that one instead. Do it yourself.
Linda: Show me again.
Johann: So you go under it over it, under it and over it. You got it!

Good job. What have you been doing besides learning how to tie knots?
Johann: We just got here.

Ah, so you get to the festival and you're distracted by an interactive display just as soon as you get through the entrance. Do you sail?
No, but I was a boy scout back in the day. I'm about to learn how to sail. I'm going to start sailing for Sail Newport next week. I'm really excited about it.

What is Sail Newport?
It's a local sailing school located here at Fort Adams.

So then do you live here?
I've been living here this summer working as an intern. I'm trying to get as much as I can of the Newport spirit. That includes sailing of course.

Absolutely. And what is sailing without knowing how to tie knots?
Exactly. It's really tricky. It's a good start. We're going to try to catch a good spot out on the grass now.

You got your chairs?
Yes, we've got a chair.

What's in the bucket?
Just blankets. We don't have another chair. I guess we could sit on the bucket.

Or drum on it.
Yeah, and join the beat.

Do you like jazz?
It's a huge passion. We love it. Jazz and blues. It's a lot of fun. We recently took a trip to New Orleans and there was a lot of jazz there. And now we're here at the festival.

What did you see in New Orleans?
The artists? No, we really were just going from bar to bar. They never close there. We were just living the New Orleans life: swinging and dancing and eating good food.

And here you can do all of those things, but no drinking on the grounds of Fort Adams.
That doesn't bother me. We'll still have a great time.

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