Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival lineup is set

Founding producer George George Wein today announced the lineup for the Saturday and Sunday programs of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival on August 4-5 at historic Fort Adams State Park. The Friday August 3 opening night program at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino will be announced later..

Wein also announced that Natixis Global Asset Management, which sponsored the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, will return as presenting sponsor for three additional years.

Veterans Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell and others share the billing with Miguel Zenón (pictured), Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue, Dafnis Prieto, John Hollenbeck and others. In addition, award-winning artists Dianne Reeves and the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be a major part of the festival, along with Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling and Joe Lovano.
Tickets go on sale on Thurday, March 15. The full day-by-day schedule will be posted at the festival website.

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