The festival did return in '81, with a subdued ambience and a new setting - Fort Adams State Park overlooking idyllic Newport harbor. Newport again embraces jazz - and the companion Newport Folk Festival - in a big way.
There is a big sign of just how embraced it is these days. Wein will receive an honorary doctorate from Salve Regina University in Newport, and pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste,will deliver the school's commencement address on Sunday, May 21. Batiste will also receive an honorary doctorate. Batiste is musical director for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and appears with his band Stay Human.
The 2017 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival will be here before we know it, with a three-day schedule of music at Fort Adams (four stages) and a Friday night performance at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in downtown Newport. The latter event will feature singer Rhiannon Giddens plus Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue.
The huge Newport lineup has something for everyone.
- the Maria Schneider Orchestra
- NJF artistic director Christian McBride's Big Band, with surprise special guests
- Pianist Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party
- The trio of pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esparanza Spalding.
- Hammond B-3 player Joey DeFrancesco's band The People
- Drummer Antonio Sanchez and Migration
- The 20-year-old collective One For All, which features tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, drummer Joe Farnsworth, pianist David Hazeltine, trumpeter Jim Rotondi and bassist John Webber
- Singers Cyrille Aimee and Cecile McLorin Salvant
- The new quartet Hudson, consisting of Hudson Valley residents Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier
- Pianist David Torkanowsky (one of several players who will be featured in the intimate Storyville club in either solo or small group settings)
- Pianist Cyrus Chestnut's trio
- Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson's quartet with pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Carl Allen