Newport Jazz Festival Announces 4th Part of 2017 Lineup

Friday, March 24, 2017


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Benny Golson

The Newport Jazz Festival has announced a fourth wave of performers coming to Newport for the 2017 festival. 

The wave of performers include Jazz greats like Leslie Odom, Jr, Orrin Evans and 50's legend Benny Golson. 

"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,” said producer and founder George Wein. 

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


The 2017 Jazz Festival 

The 2017 festival is set to take place from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6. 

The festival will show off over 50 individual jazz ensembles on four stages including performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park. 

Click here for more information. 



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