More Than 24,000 Jazz Lovers Turned Out for the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival®
Festival Set for August 4 – 6 in 2017
Other highlights include dynamic new works by bassist Ben Williams, pianist Peter Apfelbaum, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Sullivan Fortner, made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which supported the Newport Jazz Festival with a 2016 Jazz Leadership grant and the George Wein/Doris Duke Artistic Commissioning Fund.
In addition, Festival attendees took part in the 75th birthday celebration for Chick Corea, who performed with his band Trilogy featuring Festival Artistic Director/bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade on Friday night and Saturday afternoon … the Festival debut of the super popular saxophonist Kamasi Washington in two different sets on Friday and Sunday … pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi’s salute to Newport as she celebrated the 60th anniversary of her first Festival appearance at Storyville on Sunday … the Saturday afternoon Festival debut of pianist/vocalist Norah Jones, who wowed the audience at the Newport Folk Festival® the prior week … the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, who gave audiences a taste of Harlem and Kingston in his Sunday afternoon Festival debut … the Saturday afternoon return of the wunderkind pianist Joey Alexander … and vocalist Angélique Kidjo, who had children and adults alike dancing through the crowd to close out the Festival on Sunday, as well as many more memorable moments.
The 2017 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is set for August 4 - 6.
For more information, photos and other news, visit www.newportjazzfest.org.
In addition to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, Natixis Global Asset Management, support comes from Alex and Ani, North Coast Brewing Co., Toyota, D'Angelico, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Rhode Island Foundation, Ticketmaster and travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Preferred Hotels of the Festival are Hotel Viking, Newport Marriott, Hyatt Regency Newport and The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Media supporters are DownBeat, JazzTimes, WRIU and WICN.