Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 Newport Jazz Festival®Set for July 29 - 31, Including Three Full Days of Performances by Some of the World's Greatest Established and Emerging Artists

Performers Include Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo, Robert Glasper, Charles Lloyd, Kamasi Washington, Django Festival All Stars, Galactic, John Scofield/Joe Lovano, JoséJames, Steve Coleman, Darcy James Argue, Mary Halvorson, Monty Alexander, Kneebody, Kenny Barron, The Bad Plus, Christian Scott and Many More

 With last year's highly-celebrated festival behind him, George Wein, Festival producer and chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, today announced the lineup for the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, which will again take place in Newport, RI, July 29 - 31 at historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.
This year's festival includes a wide variety of jazz, "from ragtime piano to the most progressive innovations from the minds of today's young musicians," says Wein, who has produced the festival since its inception in 1954. "The Newport Jazz Festival is quite different from other jazz festivals around the world. With multiple stages of music each day, we are able to present a panoply of the world of jazz. Having the opportunity to utilize the creativity of more than 50 different artists means that we can present every style of jazz."

The 2016 edition of America's first annual jazz fest will feature 22-time Grammy-winning jazz composer Chick Corea, celebrating his 75th birthday at both the Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams. Also doing double duty are Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter and saxophonist Kamasi Washington, in his festival debut. Others making their debut appearances are the New Orleans' seminal funk band Galactic, vocalist Tierney Sutton, the brass quartet The Westerlies, The Hot Sardines; the supergroup Potter, Holland, Loueke & Harland; and pianists Rossano Sportiello, Kris Davis and Terry Waldo.

Among the more than 50 musicians/bands appearing are Angélique Kidjo; John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society; Charles Lloyd New Quartet; Robert Glasper Experiment; Django Festival All Stars; Kenny Barron Trio; Yosvanny Terry Quintet; Toshiko Akiyoshi; Steve Coleman and Five Elements; Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Presents Stretch Music; José James; Kneebody and many others.

Leading new ensembles or presenting new projects are Eric Revis Parallax; The Bad Plus performs Ornette Coleman's landmark 1972 album Science Fiction; Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express; Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble; Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9; Stefon Harris Sonic Creed; Dave Liebman Expansions Group and Anat Cohen's Clarinet Re-Imagined.

Along with jazz superstars and Grammy winners galore, emerging artists will also have the chance to participate at the festival, particularly on Friday at Fort Adams. New compositions funded with support from the George Wein/Doris Duke Artistic Programming Fund will be presented by Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler, Tyshawn Sorey & Alloy, Sullivan Fortner Quartet and Ben Williams & Sound Effect. Students from around New England will be well represented with appearances by the URI Big Band, various Berklee College of Music bands and the all-state bands from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition, the festival welcomes a recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

Newport Festivals Foundation will again host THE Jazz Club, a special experience offered on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Adams. The option includes special seating, reserved parking, tented lounge access, upgraded restroom facilities and a Festival poster.

The lineup for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is as follows:

Friday, July 29, 2016 8:00 pm
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Gregory Porter: Gregory Porter, Chip Crawford, Emanuel Harrold, Jahmal Nichols
Chick Corea Trilogy: Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade

Friday, July 29, 2016, 11:00 am - 6:30pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Galactic, Kamasi Washington, Kneebody: Adam Benjamin, Shane Endsley, Kaveh Rastegar, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood, Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler: Peter Apfelbaum, Natalie Cressman, Jill Ryan, Will Bernard, Kyle Sanna, Charlie Ferguson, Tierney Sutton: "After Blue" The Joni Mitchell Project: Tierney Sutton, Mark Summer, Serge Merlaud
Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, Maria Grand, Miles Okazaki, Anthony Tidd, Sean Rickman, Tyshawn Sorey & Alloy: Tyshawn Sorey, Corey Smythe, Chris Tordini, Sullivan Fortner Quartet: Sullivan Fortner, Tivon Pennicott, Aidan Carroll, Joe Dyson, Eric Revis Parallax: Eric Revis, Ken Vandermark, Kris Davis, Nasheet Waits, URI Newport Big Band, Under the Direction of Jared Simsm And More ...

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Chick Corea Trilogy: Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Gregory Porter: Gregory Porter, Chip Crawford, Emanuel Harrold, Jahmal Nichols, Angelique Kidjo: Angelique Kidjo, Dominic James, Magatte Sow, Benjamin Zwerin, Yayo Serka, The Bad Plus performs Ornette Coleman's SCIENCE FICTION: Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, David King, Tim Berne, Ron Miles, Sam Newsome, Ron Miles, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet: John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, Bill Stewart
Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express: Monty Alexander, Hassan Shakur, Obed Calvaire, Andy Bassford, Joshua Thomas, Karl Wright, Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble: Edmar Castañeda, Andrea Tierra, Grégoire Maret, Itai Kriss, Marshall Gilkes, Shlomi Cohen, Pablo Vergara, David Silliman, Rodrigo Villalon, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9: Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Curtis Fowlkes, Charlie Burnham, Doug Wieselman, Peter Apfelbaum, Erik Lawrence, Matt Munisteri, Brad Jones, Donald Edwards, The Hot Sardines: Miz Elizabeth, Evan "Bibs" Palazzo, "Fast Eddy" Francisco, Jason Prover, Mike Sailors, Nick Myers, Evan "Sugar" Crane, Alex Raderman, Stefon Harris Sonic Creed: Stefon Harris, James Francies, Elena Pinderhughes, Mike Moreno, Joshua Crumbly, Jonathan Pinson
Dave Liebman Expansions Group: Dave Liebman, Matt Vashlishan, Bobby Avey,
Tony Marino, Alex Ritz, Henry Butler (solo piano), Kris Davis (solo piano), Mary Halvorson (solo guitar), Terry Waldo (solo piano), The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Recipient, RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble, And More ...

Saturday, July 30, 2016,  7:30 pm
Location TBD
Newport Festivals Foundation Fundraiser/Gala

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, Rueben Rogers, Eric Harland,
José James: José James, Takeshi Obayashi, Solomon Dorsey, Nate Smith, Potter, Holland, Loueke & Harland: Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, Robert Glasper Experiment, Anat Cohen's Clarinet Re-Imagined, Kamasi Washington, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Presents Stretch Music, Django Festival All Stars: Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier, Brian Torff, Kenny Barron Trio: Kenny Barron, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Johnathan Blake, Yosvany Terry Quintet: Yosvany Terry, Michael Rodriguez, Osmany Paredes, Yunior Terry, Obed Calvaire, Ben Williams & Sound Effect: Ben Williams, Gilad Hekselman, Christian Sands, Toshiko Akiyoshi (solo piano), Rossano Sportiello (solo piano), The Westerlies: Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler, Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch, MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band, And More ...


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