George Wein has added a great variety of musicians to his lineup for the jazz festival in Newport in August, scheduled August 7-9 and called "George Wein's JAZZ FESTIVAL 55."
This will be the 55th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival's first edition back in 1954. And the Friday night opener, as usual, is at the Newport Casino (International Tennis Hall of Fame) site that was the festival's home in 1954.
The new additions include singer, MC, musician and actor Mos Def, the dynamic MC, Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, singer Claudia Acuna, the Branford Marsalis Quartet and the Branford Marsalis-Joey Calderazzo duo, the Vandermark 5, and Rashied Ali-Charles Gayle-William Parker's "By Any Means.
Brian Blade and Christopher Thomas from The Brian Blade Fellowship, Newport 2008... >
Here is the full schedule as of today:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 - International Tennis Hall of Fame, 8 p.m.
Etta James and The Roots Band
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 - Fort Adams State Park, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mos Def; Branford Marsalis Quartet; Joshua Redman Double Trio; Esperanza Spalding; Cedar Walton All-Stars with Lew Tabackin & Curtis Fuller; Hiromi's SonicBloom; Vandermark 5; Christian McBride; Vijay Iyer Trio; Miguel Zenón Quartet, North Carolina Central Big Band, Branford Marsalis-Joey Calderazzo duo, Claudia Acuña.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 - Fort Adams State Park. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tony Bennett; Dave Brubeck Quartet; Roy Haynes' Fountain of Youth Band; Michel Camilo; Joe Lovano's Us Five; The Bad Plus with singer Wendy Lewis; Ernest Ranglin;Conversations with Christian McBride; Millennial Territory Orchestra; Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band; Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition; Rashied Ali-Charles Gayle-William Parker's "By Any Means;" Afredo Rodriguez; The Rodriguez Brothers.
Tickets for the Fort Adams events go on sale tomorrow. Tickets for the Etta James performance go on sale May 13.