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The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management will take place this weekend at Fort Adams State Park.

The 61st Newport Jazz Festival will feature Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Jamie Cullum, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Arturo Sandoval, Jack DeJohnette’s Made in Chicago, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton and many others. See The Full Schedule

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Here are 13 artists that you have to see at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival…

1. URI Jazz Festival Big Band | Friday at 11:05am on Harbor Stage

The URI Jazz Festival Big Band will return to Newport Jazz Festival in 2015, after a great showing in 2014. Some of these talented local students and residents will open and close the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival when a few of them join Jamie Cullum on Sunday to close out the festival.

2. Johnathan Blake Quartet | Friday at 12:40pm on Fort Stage

A Newport Jazz Festival favorite, Johnathan Blake returns to Fort Adams State Park with his “chordless quartet”. This explosive group swings, grooves, and explores all different ways to get to the heart of a tune, they will certainly get all those at the Fort Stage on Friday up on their feet and moving!

3. Kneebody | Friday at 3:30pm on Quad Stage 

Fusing the elements of 1970s jazz with today’s blend of and hip hop and pop, Kneebody brings a lot of energy to their debut at Newport.

4. Snarky Puppy | Friday at 5:00pm on Fort Stage

After an unbelievable show on the Quad Stage of the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, Snarky Puppy will return to Fort Adams and will take over the Fort Stage. Simply stated, they groove like there’s no tomorrow.

5. Cécile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio | Saturday at 12:40pm on Harbor Stage

Cécile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio is something that must be seen on Saturday on the Harbor Stage. Salvant’s presence on stage and beautiful voice is incomparable, enjoy this collaboration with Aaron Diehl Trio.

6. Jon Batiste & Stay Human | Saturday at 2:25pm on Fort Stage

Jonathan Batiste is certainly a Newport favorite. Coming off of his first Newport Folk Festival, he is the first artists to play both the Newport Folk and Jazz Festival in the same year. The future Late Night with Stephen Colbert Band Leader is an iconic artist, unique in this generation. .

7. Hiromi | Saturday at 3:20pm on Quad Stage

From her first time ever playing Newport, Hiromi has been a crowd favorite. One of the most dynamic and boldest pianists around, it’s only fitting that her trio should make as big a musical statement as she does. With powerhouse fusion bassist Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips, of Journey fame, on drums, the three are a quintessential Power Trio.

8. Cassandra Wilson Celebrates Billie Holiday | Saturday at 3:50pm on Fort Stage

Cassandra Wilson incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work, it will be interesting to see how this talented musician celebrates Billie Holiday.

9. Aaron Diehl Trio | Sunday at 12pm in Storyville

One of today’s most lauded pianists, Aaron Diehl returns to Newport again in 2015. Aaron Diehl performed at Roger Williams University and the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, his career is growing fast and this trio is going places!

10. Bill Frisell Trio w/ Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen | Sunday at 1:25pm on Harbor Stage

Few guitarists have as identifiable a tone as Bill Frisell’s Music. Delicate, yet commanding, dulcet, yet unconventional, it is a band in and of itself. With Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen rounding out the rhythm section, any type of material is fair game for this trio, from jazz to surf rock.

11. Dr. John and The Nite Trippers | Sunday at 2:15pm on Fort Stage

Although Dr. John and the Night Trippers couldn’t make it to the festival last year, all should be stoked that he will make his return to Fort Adams in 2015. Few artists are as inimitable as Dr. John, so it’s fitting that his new album should pay tribute to another inimitable musician: Louis Armstrong. The Newport Jazz Festival is sure to take on the spirit of the bayou during the good Doctor’s set.

12. Mike Stern & Bill Evans Band | Sunday at 4:35pm on Harbor Stage

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY Awards).

13. Jamie Cullum | Sunday at 5:15pm on Fort Stage

Jamie Cullum brings a Hendrix-like intensity to the piano and returns to the Newport Jazz Festival in 2015. His performance in years past has been nothing short of memorable from first note played.

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