Following in the footsteps of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Bridgefest, the Newport Jazz Festival will keep the music rolling this weekend when they kickoff things on Friday morning at Fort Adams State Park.

More than 300 established and emerging jazz artists will take over Aquidneck Island when the annual Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management returns August 4 – 6. This year’s festival features more than 50 sets of non-stop music on four stages at historic Fort Adams State Park and a Friday evening performance at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

The 2017 roster includes 31 groups making their Newport Jazz debuts* as leaders or with new bands, including Rhiannon Giddens, The Roots, Andra Day, Naturally 7; Leslie Odom, Jr.; JoAnne Brackeen, David Torkanowksy, Cyrille Aimee, Marilyn Crispell, and the Newport Jazz Assembly Band.

Fort Adams single and multi-day general admission tickets, tickets for the reserved seating section at the Fort Stage and premium packages for THE Jazz Club (Saturday and Sunday only) are still available. For tickets and more information, visit
The final lineup for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is as follows;
Friday, August 4, Fort Adams State Park, 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones; Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Victor Wooten, Futureman
Maceo Parker: Maceo Parker, Greg Boyer, Will Boulware, Bruno Speight, Rodney “Skeet” Curtis, Pete Maclean, Darliene Parker,Corey Parker
Cecile McLorin Salvant: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl,Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers
*Naturally 7: Roger Thomas, Dwight Stewart, Rod Eldridge, Garfield Buckley, Warren Thomas, Lee Ricardo Cort, Kelvin Mitchell
Joey DeFrancesco + The People: Joey DeFrancesco, Troy Roberts, Dan Wilson, Jason Brown
*Leslie Odom, Jr.: Leslie Odom, Jr., Steven Walker, Senfuab Stoney, Michael Mitchell, Orlando Le Fleming, John Davis,

Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra: Amir ElSaffarDena ElSaffar,Fabrizio CassolOle MathisenJD ParranMohammed SalehGeorge ZiadehJason AdasiewiczNaseem AlAtrashRajna SwaminathanTareq AbboushiTim MooreZafer TawilMiles OkazakiAruan OrtizCarlo DeRosaNasheet Waits

Evan Christopher Clarinet Road & New Orleans Brass: Evan Christopher, David Torkanowsky, Roland Guerin, Shannon Powell, Leon Brown, Jon-Erik Kellso, Jeffrey Miller
John Allred, trombone, tuba
*One for All: Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith
Christian Sands Quartet with Gilad Hekselman, Yasushi Nakamura & Jerome Jennings
*Jimmy Greene Quartet with Kevin Hays, Ben Williams & Otis Brown III 
Rodriguez Brothers: Robert Rodriguez, Michael Rodriguez, Samuel Torres, Luques Curtis, Nomar Negroni
*George Burton Quintet: George Burton, Tim Warfield, Jason Palmer, Pablo Menares, Wayne Smith Jr., drums
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop Ensemble
Friday, August 4, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 8:00 pm
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Dan Oestreicher, BK JacksonPete Murano, Mike Bass-Bailey, Joey Peebles
*Rhiannon Giddens: Dirk Powell, Hubby Jenkins, Jason Sypher, Jamie Dick
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Snarky Puppy: Michael League, Justin Stanton, Mike “Maz” Maher, Chris Bullock, Chris McQueen, Nate Werth, Bobby Sparks, Jason “JT” Thomas
Branford Marsalis Quartet: Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, Kobie Watkins
Christian McBride Big Band with Special Guests Warren Wolf & Sean Jones: Christian McBride, Warren Wolf, Braxton Cook, Todd Bashore, Ron Blake, Dan Pratt, Carl Maraghi,
Steve Davis, Michael Dease, James Burton, Douglas Purviance, Sean Jones, Frank Greene, Nabate Isles, Brandon Lee, Christian Sands, Quincy Phillips
*Rhiannon Giddens: Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Hubby Jenkins, Jason Sypher, Jamie Dick
Vijay Iyer Sextet; Vijay Iyer, Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman, Stephan Crump, Tyshawn Sorey
*Flying Toward the Sound – For Geri, With Love: Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding with Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran & Christian Sands
*Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk featuring Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: Henry Threadgill, Liberty Ellman, Christopher Hoffman, Jose Davila, Elliot Kavee
Benny Golson Quartet with Mike LeDonne, Buster Williams & Carl Allen
*Antonio Sanchez & Migration: Antonio Sanchez, Thana Alexa, Seamus Blake, John Escreet, Matt Brewer
*Dominick Farinacci: Dominick Farinacci, Julien Labro, Christian Tamburr, Shenel Johns, Dan Kaufman, Jon Michel, Jamey Haddad, Lawrence Leathers
*DJ Logic’s Project Logic: DJ Logic, Jaleel Shaw, Keyon Harrold, Foday Musa Suso, Vernon Reid, James Hurt, Mono Neon, Marcus Gilmore
*Uri Caine Trio with Mark Helias & Clarence Penn
Gilad Hekselman, solo guitar
*JoAnne Brackeen, solo piano
*David Torkanowksy, solo piano
Peter Evans, solo trumpet
*David Leon: Herb Alpert ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer:David Leon, Leo Genovese, Josh Allen, Francisco Mela
*Jason Palmer’s Berklee Septet: Jason Palmer, Emery Mesich, Zachary Auslander, Ben Bass, Domi Degalle, Stefano Battaglia, Alex Michelsen
Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) Senior All-State Jazz Band:Caleb Flynn, Eliot Laidlaw, Sam Rockwell, James Winner, Tim Hecker, Jack Armstrong, Christian Black, Jack Dunn, Ryan Sullivan, Anthony Agatiello, Priyanka Bonifaz, Dante Lopes, Noam Makover, Elena Serrano, Alec Charon, Eric Fay-Wolfe, Brayden Beason, Erin Cowden, Kieran Egan, Artie Montanaro, Conductor
Sunday, August 6, 2017
*The Roots: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, Damon “Tuba Gooding, Jr.” Bryson, Mark Kelley, Kirk “Cap’n Kirk” Douglas, Ray Angry, James Poyser, Dave Guy, Ian “Chief” Hendrickson-Smith, DJ Jeremy Ellis, Stro Elliot
*Andra Day: Andra Day, Dave Wood, Charles Jones, Nando Raio, Shay Godwin
Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party: Jason Moran, Ms. Lisa Harris, Leron Thomas, Tarus Mateen, Charles Haynes
Maria Schneider Orchestra: Maria Schneider, Steve Kenyon, Dave Pietro, Rich Perry, Donny McCaslin, Scott Robinson, Keith O’Quinn, Ryan Keberle, Marshall Gilkes, George Flynn, Tony Kadleck, Greg Gisbert, Nadje Noordhuis, Mike Rodriguez, Gary Versace, Ben Monder, Frank Kimbrough, Jay Anderson, Clarence Penn, drums
*Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield
*Philadelphia Experiment: Questlove, Christian McBride, Uri Caine with special guest DJ Logic
*Bokanté f. Michael League & Malika Tirolien: Malika Tirolien, Jamey Haddad, Keita Ogawa, André Ferrari, Roosevelt Collier, Bob Lanzetti, Chris McQueen, Michael League
*Cyrille Aimee: Cyrille Aimee, Adrien Moignard, Michael Valeanu, Shawn Conley, Dani Danor
Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Wheeler, Chris Beck
*Theo Croker: Theo Croker, Eric Wheeler, Kassa Overall
*Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith
*Sean Jones Quintet with Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis & Obed Calvaire
*John Medeski, solo piano
*Vernon Reid, solo guitar
*Marilyn Crispell, solo piano
*Orrin Evans, solo piano
*Newport Jazz Assembly Band: Ben Marcoux, Joshua Bruneau, Jimmy O’Connell, Tony Davis, Noah Barker, Alex Tremblay, Mike Camacho
URI Big Band: Taylor Allen, Joel Caputo, Collin Larkin, Andrew Hellwig, Jessica Kilpatrick, Nick Castro, James Kimmerlein, Alyssa Oates, Joe Smith, William Chilton, Robin Hall, Manuel Morales, Jason Taylor, Ryan Tremblay, James Himmelmann, Evan Magno, Nick Motroni, Joseph Parillo, conductor
MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band: Eric Tarlin, Justin Bartlett, Matthew Pearl, Tony Kim, Lael Dratfield, Kevin Costello, Benjamin Dooley, Joseph Nedder, Ryan Shaw, Jeffrey Pinsker-Smith, Alex Tung, Liam O’Hara, Richard Stanmeyer, Alex Park, Benjamin Cohen, Maxxon Wolski, Melanie Baime, Jamie Eder, Michael Manasseh, Ronald Carter, Conductor
(Schedule Subject to Change)
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