Three incredible vocalists, an acoustic-electronica band from Manchester, England, a team of outstanding musicians/producers who have joined forces to create one of today’s hippest groups, a dynamic pianist and television bandleader and the world’s favorite master of funk top the list of the Third Wave of artists set to perform at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers August 3-5 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

Tickets are available now at www.newportjazz.org

Artistic Director Christian McBride and Executive Producer Jay Sweet today announced the following artists:

Friday, August 3, 2018
  • R+R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson
  • Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade
  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
  • Marquis Hill Blacktet
  • Alicia Olatuja
  • Berklee Global Institute Workshop Ensembles
Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Jon Batiste
  • Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander
  • Roy Hargrove
  • Charenée Wade
  • University of Rhode Island Big Band under the direction of Joe Parillo
Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Gregory Porter
  • GoGo Penguin
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Dusty Wings
  • Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
  • Massachusetts Music Educators Association Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Darcy James Argue

“I’ve been waiting, rather impatiently, to share this incredible Third Wave of artists,” said Jay Sweet. “Every year there are two or three sets I clear my schedule for, but I might have to up that number this year since there are at least four in this wave alone: George Clinton and P Funk, Jon Batiste, GoGo Penguin and, I know where I’ll be on Friday – R+R=NOW is one of the most important groups out there. You don’t miss a group who’s collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Common, Kanye West, Mos Def and Q-Tip. Is it August yet?”

There are a lot of good reasons to have a leading musician as the Artistic Director and one of them is that Christian McBride has personal experience with just about every jazz musician on the scene.

“At age 45, it feels strange to say that I’ve been friends with someone for over 30 years who I didn’t go to elementary school with, but that’s exactly the case with my dear brother, Roy Hargrove,” said McBride. “We met in 1987 at a high school big band competition where he was already a star among almost every high school musician in the country. Since then, he’s become one of the most influential musicians of our time.”

Many musicians have said that playing in Newport is a dream come true and fans have watched those dreams unfold since 1954. Talking about his friend who reached back a generation to look into his father’s dreams, McBride said, “Joshua Redman has been another one of my closest musical comrades for over 26 years. Seeing and hearing him is always a joy. His latest project, “Still Dreaming,” pays homage to the seminal band that his father, Dewey, played in, Old and New Dreams, which is one of his most powerful and meaningful projects. It’s a pleasure to have my friend Joshua back at Newport.”

Newport Jazz Festival has always been a major arena for vocalists, and this year the tradition continues in fine style.

“Both Charenée Wade and Alicia Olatuja represent two of the very finest vocalists on the scene today, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with both of them,” said Christian. “The first time I heard Charenée, it seemed as if Betty Carter’s spirit had taken over her body. She sounds and feels as if she’s been on the planet before. Alicia Olatuja’s grace and power are rare. She can sing in absolutely any style with the utmost of sophistication and musicality. Her star is continually on the rise. It’s a pleasure to welcome both of these ladies to Newport.”

To date, the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers includes:

Friday, August 3 | Fort Adams State Park | 11:00 am
  • Living Colour
  • Charles Lloyd’s Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland
  • R+R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Tylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson
  • Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade
  • BADBADNOTGOOD
  • The DIVA Jazz Orchestra
  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
  • Tony Allen
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition
  • Michel Camilo
  • Marquis Hill Blacktet
  • Alicia Olatuja
  • Matthew Shipp Trio
  • Berklee Global Institute Workshop Ensembles
 
Friday, August 3 | International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino | 8:00 pm
  • PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock
  • Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Saturday, August 4 | Fort Adams State Park | 11:00 am
  • Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland
  • PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock
  • Jon Batiste
  • Andra Day
  • Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
  • Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander
  • Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)
  • Roy Hargrove
  • Grace Kelly
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
  • Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl
  • Charenée Wade
  • University of Rhode Island Big Band under the direction of Joe Parillo
 
Sunday, August 5 | Fort Adams State Park | 11:00 am
  • Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Lucinda Williams with Jason Moran, Marvin Sewell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Gregory Porter
  • Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller
  • Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest
  • GoGo Penguin
  • James Carter Organ Trio
  • Black Art Jazz Collective
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Dusty Wings
  • Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
  • Jazzmeia Horn
  • Nate Smith + KINFOLK
  • Massachusetts Music Educators Association Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Darcy James Argue

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, go to wbgo.org/Newport.

Natixis Investment Managers is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 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 Investment Managers, the Newport Jazz Festival also receives generous support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Eventbrite.

The Newport Festivals Foundation fosters the legacy and expands the impact of its Festivals through educational initiatives to engage students and introduce them to jazz and folk music. The Foundation’s goal is to offer opportunity, inspire through exposure and facilitate the collection of resources needed for musicians to celebrate and innovate. The focus on creating unique experiences to spark engagement is accomplished through a variety of initiatives, including instrument drives and performances at schools throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

For tickets and general information on the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers, log on to www.newportjazz.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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