Newport Jazz Festival

Newport’s 55th Jazz Festival is scheduled for August 7th – 9th.  Wynn Baker of the Cliffside Inn noted that the Newport Jazz Festival is always held at the same time, the second weekend in August.  The opening night features Etta James and the Roots Band at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and is followed by more than two dozen acts performing over the next two days at Fort Adams. 


The Newport Jazz Festival has always attracted the biggest names and most popular acts, from Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie to Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Krall.  David Brubeck, has actually become a mainstay of the festival and will be accompanied by Chaka Khan, Esperanza Spalding, and many others.  It additionally draws a decent number of avant-garde jazz artists.  This year’s line-up will include groups such as Vandermark 5, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Steve Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, and more. 


Tickets can be ordered on-line or by phone at 800-514-3849.  The Newport Jazz Festival is a tradition not to be missed or perhaps it should become your new tradition!


by Rebecca, Quantum Hospitality