Newport Gets Jazzed Up

Esperanza Spalding

The who’s who of superstar jazz talent will once again converge in Newport, RI, this summer for the annual Newport Jazz Festival. Always a destination resort town at the southern tip of Rhode Island and just an hour away from Providence, the Jazz Festival has been a mainstay on the music calendar since 1954. The dates for the 2011 edition are August 5-7.

Michael Feinstein

Vintage vocal stylist Michael Feinstein and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will both open the weekend with a gala performance at Newport Casino’s International Tennis Hall of Fame on August 5. Feinstein will continue explore the American Songbook with guitarist Joe Negri in a program entitled “Come Fly With Me”, while Marsalis will bring his quintet from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

For the main festival grounds at Fort Adams State Park during two full-day lineups, New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding will join with other jazz greats: Angelique Kidjo, Hiromi, Eddie Palmieri, Regina Carter, Grace Kelly and Joshua Redman. The full schedule can be seen below.

General ticket sales begin Friday, March 25 at 10am and complete festival info can be found at

Friday, August 05

Michael Feinstein “Come Fly With Me” with special guest Joe Negri

Wynton Marsalis

Saturday, August 06

Wynton Marsalis

Esperanza Spalding & Friends I

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Al Di Meola World Sinfonia


Michel Camilo “Mano a Mano” with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores

Mujeres De Agua by Javier Limón featuring Buika

Trombone Shorty &
Orleans Avenue

Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Grace Kelly with guest Phil Woods

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Sunday, August 07

Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips

Esperanza Spalding & Friends II

Angélique Kidjo

Jame Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman
and Eric Harland

Charles Lloyd with
guest Zakir Hussain

Trombone Shorty &
Orleans Avenue

Mingus Big Band

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Randy Weston’s
African Rhythms Trio

Miguel Zenón presents the
Puerto Rican Songbook with conductor/arranger
Guillermo Klein

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Avishai Cohen Triveni with special guests Joshua Redman
and Anat Cohen

Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa &
Bunky Green

Brubeck Brothers

Berklee College Of Music All Stars

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