Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Pat Metheny

George Wein, producer and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival® and Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation™ has announced the program for the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival to be held in Newport, RI August 3 - 5 at the historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.

The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival® features Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams; Dianne Reeves; Jack DeJohnette's 70th Birthday Celebration featuring his Quintet and an All-Star group performing two sets; Bill Frisell - John Lennon Songbook; Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints; The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell; James Carter Organ Trio with Special Guests Rodney Jones and Miche Braden.

Dianne Reeves

In addition, also appearing are Dafnis Prieto Sextet; 3 Clarinets: Ken Peplowski, Evan Christopher, Anat Cohen; Christian McBride's Inside Straight; John Ellis & Double-Wide; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society; and Pedrito Martinez Group on Saturday, August 4, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, on three unique stages at Fort Adams State Park.

Then on Sunday, August 5, the music continues at Fort Adams at 11:00 am with the Tedeschi Trucks Band; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Jason Moran and the Bandwagon; Kurt Elling; Miguel Zenón's Rayuela; Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi; Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke with special guest Becca Stevens; John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + 1 featuring Theo Bleckmann; 3 Cohens: Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen; Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks; Lewis Nash Quintet featuring Jeremy Pelt and Jimmy Greene; Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project; and Berklee Global Jazz Institute Sextet.

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