Presenting a healthy dose of straight-ahead jazz, world music, turntable magic and visit from Broadway, Producer/Founder George Wein and Artistic Director Christian McBride announce the fourth wave of artists for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, which takes place at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport CasinoAugust 4 – 6. Tickets are available at www.newportjazz.org
The fourth wave of artists includes:
Friday, August 4
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra
Jimmy Greene Quartet w. Kevin Hays, Ben Williams & Otis Brown III
George Burton Quintet w. Tim Warfield, Jason Palmer, Pablo Menares & Wayne Smith Jr.
Saturday, August 5
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk f. Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz
DJ Logic’s Project Logic
Benny Golson Quartet w. Mike LeDonne, Buster Williams & Carl Allen
Gilad Hekselman, solo guitar
JoAnne Brackeen, solo piano
Peter Evans, solo trumpet
Sunday, August 6
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
Bokanté f. Michael League & Malika Tirolien
Theo Croker
Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Marilyn Crispell, solo piano
Orrin Evans, solo piano
Highlighting some of the 2017 artists, George Wein said, “The veterans of the fifties are fast disappearing. Benny Golson is still with us. I have a fond memory of Benny giving me a personal, handwritten transcription of his song ‘Whisper Not,’ which he says was written while playing Storyville back in that first decade of the latter half of the 20th century.”
Christian McBride, added, “I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work with the legendary Benny Golson when I was teenager. He used me in his band when I first moved to New York and he took me to Europe in the Fall of 1990. There’s a lot going on at Newport, but I urge everyone to save some time to hear this living jazz titan.”.
The members of the Marsalis family have often found a spot on the Newport stages, and this year’s roster features the oldest of pianist Ellis Marsalis’ sons, Branford. “Branford Marsalis is one of my favorite people,” said Wein, “In addition to the quality of his music, he brings a joy and spirit to the festival that reaches everyone with whom he comes in contact.”.
McBride agrees, “Branford is like a big brother to me. He has always been one of my favorite musicians, and I think of him as family. I’ve known him since I was teenager, and I’ve learned a lot from him. He is well-schooled and is one of the most informed, most intelligent musicians I know.”
The festival welcomes saxophonist Jimmy Greene in his Newport debut as a leader. Wein says, “Jimmy Greene, who has lived with a tragedy that few of us can imagine, is known for his hardcore saxophone sound, which I’m looking forward to hearing. In Newport, he will share music from his two albums that honor the life of his daughter, who was one of the youth killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The fact that he continues to play and pay homage to her life is a tribute to the strength of the music that is in his soul.”
Also making his Newport debut as a leader is trumpeter Theo Croker. “It’ll be nice to see Theo, whose grandfather, Doc Cheatham, was a close personal friend with whom I had the pleasure of playing many times.”
Amir ElSaffar returns to Newport, this time with his Rivers of Sound Orchestra. “Don’t miss this one if you want to have an experience that will enhance your musical enjoyment,” urged Wein.
Just crossing the bridge onto Aquidneck Island is a great reason for a celebration, but 2017 pays tribute to the 100th birthdays of four giants who shared plenty of music and memories at the Newport Jazz Festival. Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk featuring Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz will be one of the world’s biggest and baddest birthday parties ever.
Christian said, “When you think of all of the jazz greats who would be celebrating their 100th birthday this year, you can’t help but get into party mode. This is a fantastic group. Whatever they do will be creatively stimulating and totally interesting.”
One of Broadway’s brightest stars will showcase his jazz chops at this year’s festival.”Hamilton is the Broadway show of the century,” said Wein, “and we’re looking forward to the Newport debut of Leslie Odom, Jr.”
McBride chimed in, “It’s sort of funny to think that so many people on this year’s jazz festival have Philadelphia connections, and Leslie is another one. He went to the same high school as Joey DeFrancesco, Questlove and I, although he was there a decade after us. I worked with Leslie about six months ago and I was overjoyed to see how incredibly talented he is. To see his versatility on stage in Hamilton and then experience him as a really good jazz singer is unbelievable. He could be in the mold of a Sammy Davis, Jr., an artist who could do it all. I can’t wait to see Leslie’s star rise even higher than it has been over the last couple of years.”
The partial Newport Jazz Festival lineup, including all four waves, features:
Friday, August 4
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Maceo Parker
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Naturally 7
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Joey DeFrancesco + The People
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith
Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra
Christian Sands Quartet w. Gilad Hekselman, Yasushi Nakamura & Jerome Jennings
One for All: Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, John Webber& Joe Farnsworth
Evan Christopher Clarinet Road & New Orleans Brass
Rodriguez Brothers
Jimmy Greene Quartet w. Kevin Hays, Ben Williams & Otis Brown III
George Burton Quintet w. Tim Warfield, Jason Palmer, Pablo Menares & Wayne Smith Jr.
Saturday, August 5
Snarky Puppy
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Rhiannon Giddens
Christian McBride Big Band w. Special Guests
Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding
Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk f. Danilo Perez, Chris Potter,
Avishai Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz
Henry Threadgill Zooid
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Antonio Sanchez & Migration
DJ Logic’s Project Logic
Benny Golson Quartet w. Mike LeDonne, Buster Williams & Carl Allen
Uri Caine Trio w. Mark Helias & Clarence Penn
Dominick Farinacci
Gilad Hekselman, solo guitar
JoAnne Brackeen, solo piano
David Torkanowksy, solo piano
Peter Evans, solo trumpet
Sunday, August 6
The Roots
Andra Day
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski & Larry Grenadier
Philadelphia Experiment: Questlove, Christian McBride, Uri Caine
Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
Bokanté f. Michael League & Malika Tirolien
Theo Croker
Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Sean Jones Quintet w. Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis & Obed Calvaire
Cyrille Aimée
John Medeski, solo piano
Marilyn Crispell, solo piano
Orrin Evans, solo piano
Newport Jazz Festival’s official travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM is offering Day Trips and an exclusive Weekend Package for festival fans. For more information, sign up for WBGO’s Newport List at http://eepurl.com/cxssCj.
TICKET INFORMATION
All adult, children and student tickets for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management are available at www.newportjazz.org. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by telephone. For information regarding pre-sales and special offers, subscribe to the newsletter on the festival web site or follow NJF on social media.
General Admission tickets for all Fort Adams events also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitors Information Center, located at 23 Americas Cup Avenue. Log on to www.discovernewport.org for office hours and information. Local discounts offered. No service charges apply.
For more information, e-mail jazztickets@newportfestivals.org.
Natixis Global Asset Managementis the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival and sponsors programs that help enrich the lives of individuals and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.
In addition to Natixis Global Asset Management, the Newport Jazz Festival also receives generous support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, North Coast Brewing Companyand Eventbrite.
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. In addition, the Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

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