Over three days in May 1958, Maynard Ferguson’s band was in New York to record an album for Roulette. The result was A Message From Newport, one of the best big-band albums ever recorded. Two months later in July, the Ferguson band performed at Freebody Park in Newport, R.I., at the Newport Jazz Festival. The band played a brief set for the CBS radio network early in the evening and then returned to open the second part of the concert. The nine songs on the album were performed at Newport that evening, either for radio or the concert.