Newport Jazz Festival Announces Second Wave of Artists

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Newport Jazz Festival® Second Wave of Artists Features PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock; BADBADNOTGOOD; Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers; The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille); Tony Allen; Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest; Grace Kelly; Black Art Jazz Collective; Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves; Jane Bunnett & Maqueque; and Nate Smith + KINFOLK

Tickets Available at www.newportjazz.org

NEWPORT, RI, February 20, 2018 – The excitement continues as the Second Wave of artists are announced for the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Investment Managers, which takes place at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino August 3 – 5.

Tickets are on sale now at www.newportjazz.org.

“This Second Wave of artists is so indicative of the exciting direction we're building towards with this year's Newport Jazz lineup – artists like BADBADNOTGOOD and Grace Kelly represent the innovative spirit that is alive and well in jazz, while Tony Allen and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra prove Newport is THE place for the top jazz talent,” said Jay Sweet, Executive Producer of Newport Festivals Foundation. “Add to that, the double dose of Pat Metheny and José James, who both will perform Friday night at the Casino and Saturday at the Fort, this is shaping up to be a lineup for the ages.”

The Second Wave features:

Friday, August 3 | Fort Adams State Park

  • BADBADNOTGOOD
  • The DIVA Jazz Orchestra
  • Tony Allen

Saturday, August 4 | Fort Adams State Park

  • PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock
  • Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
  • Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)
  • Grace Kelly
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves

Sunday, August 5 | Fort Adams State Park

  • Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest
  • Black Art Jazz Collective
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
  • Nate Smith + KINFOLK

In announcing the Second Wave, the Festival’s Artistic Director Christian McBride pinpointed some highlights.

“It’s been a thrill to see what strides Ambrose Akinmusire has made over the last few years as a musician. Always striving, always restless, always searching. Origami Harvest, his current project, will be sure to capture the imaginations of our listeners at Newport.”

McBride continued, “This is the 25th Anniversary of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra. We are so proud to present this band, which has been one of the tightest, most musical bands in jazz. I still remember hearing them for the first time in Pori, Finland in their third year of existence. They knocked me out then, and they continue to do so, with some of the greatest ladies in jazz having been in this fine orchestra.”

BADBADNOTGOOD makes its Newport debut at Fort Adams, and McBride says, “This band has captured the hearts and minds of a generation with not only their own music, but their collaborations with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Tyler, The Creator. These cats are going to go a long way and I’m glad we have them with us.”

McBride calls it “a very big coup” to have Trio 3 at Newport and further states, “Trio 3 is a very important trio in jazz. Individually, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille have been at the forefront of music that has pushed the edge for five decades. As a group, the ideas and energy are boundless.”

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
  • Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland
  • BADBADNOTGOOD
  • The DIVA Jazz Orchestra
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition
  • Tony Allen
  • Michel Camilo
  • Matthew Shipp Trio

 

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
  • Andra Day
  • Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
  • Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)
  • Grace Kelly
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
  • Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl

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
  • Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller
  • Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest
  • James Carter Organ Trio
  • Black Art Jazz Collective
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
  • Jazzmeia Horn
  • Nate Smith + KINFOLK

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.

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