George Wein Announces Line-up for 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented by NGAM


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Newport Festivals Foundation Celebrates Proud History of Newport Jazz Festival with Jazz Stars of Today and Tomorrow, Secure with a Three-Year Contract with Natixis Global Asset Management Returning as Presenting Sponsor

Tickets on Sale March 15 at 10:00 am at newportjazzfest.net.

NEWPORT, RI: George Wein, producer and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation today announced the program for the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management to be held in Newport, RI August 3-4 at historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.

Wein also announced that Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), who launched their global musical initiative with the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, will return as the festival's presenting sponsor for three additional years.

Veterans Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell and others share the festival billing with relative newcomers Miguel Zenón, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue, Dafnis Prieto, John Hollenbeck and others. In addition, award-winning artists Dianne Reeves and Tedeschi Trucks Band will be a major part of the festival, along with Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling and Joe Lovano.

“We are pleased that NGAM will again join us as we build upon the legacy of our annual celebration of jazz," said Wein. “In keeping with our mission that jazz is an ever evolving art form, we have produced a festival that features many of the younger artists that represent what jazz is today and tomorrow along with hall of fame veterans that have made jazz the great music that it is."

“The multi-year partnership that NGAM has forged with the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival and impresario George Wein will provide an excellent platform to foster creativity, diversity and collaboration between artists, communities and businesses," said John T. Hailer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Global Asset Management—The Americas & Asia. “This is the second year we have partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival and we are pleased that the 2012 festival's focus on young musicians aligns well with our commitment to provide more opportunities for talented music students from countries all over the world."

The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management 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; 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, 11:00am, on three unique stages at Fort Adams State Park.

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.

The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday, August 3, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Artists and ticket information for this concert will be announced at a later date.


Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 am at www.newportjazzfest.net, by phone and by mail. A limited number of general admission adult two-day passes are available now for $ 135.00 for Saturday and Sunday. Single day general admission adult tickets are $74.00 in advance and $84.00 at the gate, if available. Children's tickets for ages 3 are $15.00 per day. Children under 3 are free. Parking passes are also available on-line for $12.00. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone.

Premium Seating tickets for Fort Adams concerts are available for $125.00 per day. Reserved Seating is $90.00. The Reserved/Premium Seating Section has been re-designed. The area in front of the stage will be returned to the general admission audience. A new, wider Reserved Section has been created with easy access from the road and better sightlines. There will be fewer seats than in past years; early purchase is recommended for the best selection.

Single day general admission tickets also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America's Cup Avenue. Visit gonewport.com for Visitor Center office hours and information.

There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.

About Newport Festivals Foundation

The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build up and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals.

This story appears courtesy of Carolyn McClair Public Relations.
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