Newport Jazz Festival

Photo: Kamasi Washington via Facebook

The Newport Jazz Festival may be 8 months from now but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grabbing your tickets to the legendary festival as well as paying attention to the lineup.

George Wein announced on Tuesday, December 1st that Kamasi Washington, a tenor saxophonist from Los Angeles, will be a major part of the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

“Earlier this season, when NJF sent out a poll for requests as to which new artists people would like to see at the festival, the name Kamasi Washington came out at the top of the list.” Wen said in an email.

As the Los Angeles Times has written, “The idea is simple: Listen to more jazz. And if you heed that advice, you need to listen to more Kamasi Washington, the South Central – and Inglewood – raised saxophonist who might have made the best modern jazz record of the year.

Flex tickets for the 2016 festival have recently gone on-sale and nearly 1000 have bought tickets before knowing a single artist, according to Wein .

Flex tickets, which allow you to choose the day of your attendance, are still on-sale and are a wonderful holiday present for your friends and family.

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