Newport Festivals Foundation™
5th Annual Gala Celebrates
George Wein’s 90th Birthday
with Cassandra Wilson, Michel Camilo
and Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Governor Gina Raimondo and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will serve as Honorary Gala co-chairs, which Wein says, “is a true indication of what the Newport Festivals Foundation means to the state of Rhode Island.”
“Cassandra Wilson has graciously agreed to perform. Without question, she is one of the finest of jazz singers performing today. To be able to see her in such an intimate setting is a privilege,” added Wein. “Jon has appeared as a soloist at the Gala, but never with his full group. When he starts playing his melodica and strolls through the crowd, the fun he is having will instantly be communicated to you. Michel Camilo, who is one of my favorite pianists, will thrill you with his musicianship and the uniqueness of his style of solo performance.”
The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s “summer cottages,” is located at 44 Ochre Point.
The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.
The Newport Folk Festival® takes place at Fort Adams State Park July 24 – 26 and is continuing its rolling lineup announcement. Artists announced to date include J Mascis, Field Report, First Aid Kit, Leon Bridges, Sturgill Simpson, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Courtney Barnett and Haunt the House.
The Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management includes Chris Botti and Jon Batiste & Stay Human at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, and three days at Fort Adams State Park featuring Cassandra Wilson, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Dr. John, Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago, Kenny Garrett, Billy Childs, Arturo O’Farrill, Fred Hersch, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Kneebody, Hiromi, Michel Camilo, Jon Faddis, James Carter, Christian McBride, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tom Harrell, Pat Martino, Matana Roberts, John Hollenbeck, Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton and many others.
For more information on the festivals, go to www.newportjazzfest.org or www.newportfolkfest.org.