George Wein Announces Lineup For 2015 Newport Jazz Festival


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George Wein Announces Lineup for 2015 Newport Jazz Festival® July 31 – August 2, Including Three Full Days of Performances by Some of the World’s Greatest Established and Emerging Artists

Performers Include Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Chris Botti, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bill Frisell, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire and More

Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, January 15, 10:00 am

NEWPORT, RI, January 13, 2015 – After producing a successful and exciting 60th anniversary celebration last year, George Wein today announced that the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management will return to the City-by-the-Sea July 31 – August 2 with three full days of music at Fort Adams State Park, plus the popular Friday night concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and a festive Gala at the historic Breakers on Saturday evening.

The 2015 edition of America’s first annual jazz festival will feature Chris Botti, Cassandra Wilson, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Garrett, Billy Childs, Arturo O’Farrill, Fred Hersch, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Kneebody, Hiromi with her trio and piano duets with Michel Camilo, Jon Faddis, James Carter, Christian McBride, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tom Harrell, Pat Martino, Matana Roberts, John Hollenbeck and the much-anticipated return of Dr. John, who had to bow out last year due to illness.

“No one was more excited by last year’s anniversary than I, ” said George Wein, who has produced the Festival since its beginning in 1954. “We set out to present some of the most outstanding established and emerging artists with distinctive musical stories who not only represented the past and the present, but also the future of jazz. Based on the great response from the audience and critics alike, we believe we achieved our goal while fulfilling the mission of the Newport Festivals Foundation™. With the full day of emerging artists on Friday followed by two jam-packed days of amazing talent, we are looking forward to many more memorable moments in jazz history.”

Of the more than 40 bands performing on three stages at Fort Adams, 19 are making their Newport debut. Among the first-timers are Kneebody, Childs, Hersch, Roberts and Harrell as well as Steve Lehman, Gerald Clayton, Bria Skonberg, Wycliffe Gordon, José James, Lucky Peterson, Johnathan Blake and the 11-year old Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander.

The Newport Festivals Foundation will again host THE Jazz Club, a special experience offered on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Adams. The option includes special seating, reserved parking, tented lounge access, upgraded restroom facilities and a Festival poster.

The lineup for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is as follows:

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Snarky Puppy

Christian McBride Trio: Christian McBride, Christian Sands, Ulysses Owens

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet: Ambrose Akinmusire, Sam Harris, Harish Raghavan, Justin Brown

Steve Lehman Octet*: Steve Lehman, Chris Dingman, Mark Shim, Jonathan Finlayson, José Davila, Tim Albright, Drew Gress

Kneebody*: Adam Benjamin, Shane Endsley, Kaveh Rastegar, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood

Gerald Clayton Quintet*: Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Wendel, Joe Sanders, Justin Brown

Bria Skonberg Quintet*: Bria Skonberg, Evan Arntzen, Dalton Ridenhour, Sean Cronin, Darrian Douglas

Herlin Riley Quintet*: Herlin Riley, Godwin Louis, Bruce Harris, Emmet Cohen, Russell Hall

Lucky Peterson – Singin’ the Blues*: Lucky Peterson, Shawn Kellerman, Timothy Waites, Raul Valdés

Matana Roberts' Coin Coin*

Johnathan Blake Quartet*: Johnathan Blake, Mark Turner, Ben Street

Peter Evans Quintet*: Peter Evans, Sam Pluta, Ron Stabinsky, Tom Blancarte, Jim Black

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra with special guest soloist Sean Jones

URI Newport Big Band: Dr. Jared Sims, Director

Friday, July 31, 2015, 6:15 pm International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Pre-Concert Cocktail Party on the Horseshoe Piazza

Friday, July 31, 2015, 8:00 pm International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Chris Botti

Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday

Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra*

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl, Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers

José James*

Pat Martino Organ Trio: Pat Martino, Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre, Jr.

Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Horace Silver featuring guest Michel Camilo: Conrad Herwig, Michel Camilo, Craig Handy, Igor Butman, Alex Sipiagin, Bill O’Connell, Ruben Rodriguez, Robby Ameen, Richie Flores

Hiromi: The Trio Project: Hiromi, Anthony Jackson, Simon Phillips

Kenny Garrett Quintet: Kenny Garrett, Rudy Bird, Vernell Brown, Corcoran Holt, McClenty Hunter

Wycliffe Gordon & Friends*

Tom Harrell Quintet*: Tom Harrell, Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo, Johnathan Blake

Introducing Joey Alexander*: Joey Alexander, Russell Hall, Sammy Miller

RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble conducted by Willie Hill

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 7:30 pm The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Newport Festivals Foundation Gala (Artists To Be Announced)

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Jamie Cullum

Arturo Sandoval

Dr. John & The Nite Trippers

Michel Camilo/Hiromi Piano Duets*: Michel Camilo, Hiromi Uehara

Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band*: Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Tom Kennedy, Steve Smith

Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa

Bill Frisell Trio: Bill Frisell, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen

Billy Childs Sextet with Strings*: Billy Childs, Steve Wilson, Carol Robbins, Larry Koonse, Hans Glawischnig, Ari Hoenig, String Quartet

Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets: Jon Faddis, Marquis Hill, Sean Jones, David Hazeltine, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Dion Parsons

James Carter Sextet – Living My Life: The Music of Don Byas

Fred Hersch Trio*: Fred Hersch, John Hebert, Eric McPherson

Lou Donaldson Quartet: Lou Donaldson, Randy Johnston, Akiko Tsuruga, Fukushi Tainaka

Scott Robinson’s Doctette*: Scott Robinson, Randy Sandke, Ted Rosenthal, Pat O’Leary, Dennis Mackrel

Jason Lindner Now vs. Now

MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band conducted by Julius Tolentino

Artists Subject to Change / *Newport Jazz Festival Debut


Tickets for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management go on sale worldwide Thursday, January 15, at 10:00 am. See details at newportjazzfest.org. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone.

General Admission tickets for the Friday, July 31, daytime event at Fort Adams are $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for high school students older than 15 and college students with valid ID. Students must use the Student gate and present valid ID to enter the festival. This offer is valid for eligible students while supplies last. Tickets for children aged 3 – 15 are $ 15.00.

Single-day General Admission tickets (no chairs provided) for Saturday and Sunday events at Fort Adams are $55.00 now until January 31, but will be $74.00 per day beginning February 1. These tickets will be $84.00 at the gate, if available. Two-day passes (for Saturday and Sunday) are $ 110.00 now and will be $135.00 on February 1. A limited number of Three-Day passes (for Friday – Sunday events at Fort Adams) are available now for $140.00. Student tickets are $20.00 per day for high school students older than 15 and college students with valid ID. Students must use the Student gate and present valid ID to enter the festival. Offer valid for eligible students while supplies last. Tickets for children aged 3 – 15 are $ 15.00.

Reserved Seating is available for the Saturday and Sunday events at Fort Adams. Tickets for the Center Reserved Section are 125.00 per day. Regular reserved seating is $95.00.

Tickets for THE Jazz Club, a premium experience offered on Saturday and Sunday, are $350 per day.

General admission tickets for all Fort Adams events can also be purchased in person at the Newport Visitors Information Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue. Log on to discovernewport.org for office hours and information. No service charges apply.

Flex tickets, which are good any day at Fort Adams events, are still available for a limited time on-line and at the Newport Visitor’s Center.

Parking passes are also available on-line. Prices range from $ 12.00 - $15.00.

Tickets for the Friday, July 31, 8:00 pm concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino are still available. Prices range from $40.00 - $100.00. All seats reserved. There is no child or student pricing for this event. The Opening Night Cocktail Party, a Newport summer tradition, kicks off the evening at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $65.00. Price includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Party attendees must have a ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival concert.

Tickets can be purchased in person at a later date at the Festival office located at 770 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. For office hours, general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.


Newport Jazz Festival’s official travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM is offering an exclusive Weekend Package for festival fans. For music lovers who want to visit the Newport Jazz Festival for one day, WBGO Travel is offering Day Trips on luxury buses which will depart from Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Boston. Information for specific bus locations will be confirmed soon. For tickets and more information, log on to WBGO.org/events.

This story appears courtesy of Carolyn McClair Public Relations.
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