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Newport Jazz Festival Announces 4th Part of 2017 Lineup

Friday, March 24, 2017


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. 



2016 Newport Jazz Festival

Chick Corea

Chick Corea (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Norah Jones

Norah Jones (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Nels Cline

Nels Cline (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Bad Plus

Bad Plus (Photo: Rick Farrell)


Kneebody (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Christian Scott

Christian Scott (Photo: Rick Farrell)


Galactic (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd New Quartet (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Edmar Castaneda

Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Ben Williams

Ben Williams (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Hot Sardines

Hot Sardines (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Robert Glasper Experiment

Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Django Festival All Stars

Django Festival All Stars (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Heath Brothers

Heath Brothers (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Tierney Sutton

Tierney Sutton (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Yosvany Terry

Yosvany Terry Quintet (Photo: Rick Farrell)


John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Dave Holland

Dave Holland (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Dave Liebman

Dave Liebman Expansions Group (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Patrice Quinn

Patrice Quinn, lead vocalist for Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Crowd Enjoying NJF

Crowds enjoying the Newport Jazz Festival (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Ft. Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park (Photo: Rick Farrell)

George Wein

Festival Co-Founder George Wein (Photo: Rick Farrell)


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