Newport Jazz Festival fans enjoying the show   © Kevin R. Mason

Charles Lloyd © Kevin R. Mason

The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers, will take place from Friday, August 3 to Sunday August 5 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Cécile McLorin Salvant                    © Kevin R. Mason

Newport Jazz Festival (NJF) is one of the most respected and renowned festivals in the world, and arguably the oldest festival, the one that started them all. NJF is the location of the acclaimed film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, and a number of notable recordings, including Ray Charles at Newport; Miles & Monk at Newport; Live at Newport ’58; Nina Simone at Newport; Count Basie at Newport; Ellington at Newport; New Thing at Newport; Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport; and many more.

Gregory Porter © Kevin R. Mason

Over the years, since NJF’s inception in 1954, jazz impresario George Wein has presented a Who’s Who of the jazz world. The 2018 line-up is equally impressive, with Charles Lloyd’s 3 Day Birthday Celebration with Zakir Hussain, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Moran; Pat Metheny with Antonio Sánchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock; Andra Day; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic; Jon Batiste; Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller; Gregory Porter; R+R=NOW, featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson; Grace Kelly; Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride with special guest Rubin Kodheli; Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest; Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander; Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles; Michel Camilo; Roy Hargrove; Jane Bunnett & Maqueque; Jazzmeia Horn; Emmet Cohen; Helen Sung on Tap; The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; Charenée Wade; Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl; Bill Charlap; Sara Caswell & Dave Stryker; Alicia Olatuja, Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade; Living Colour; Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers; Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition; and many more!

Jon Batiste © Kevin R. Mason

The musical line-up is truly global, with artists from New York, New Orleans, Manchester, Cuba, Virginia, Toronto, and other places all over the world.

The Jazz Club is a premium experience at Fort Adams State Park. The package includes:

  • Festival admission ticket
  • Reserved parking in The Jazz Club parking area located in the lot closest to the entrance
  • Exclusive access to The Jazz Club, a tented lounge on the North Lawn where you’ll find shade, lounge seating, complimentary light food, a private cash bar, and panoramic views of Newport Harbor, Narragansett Bay, and the Fort Stage.
  • Access to limited Jazz Club Seating at the Fort Stage, Quad Stage, and Harbor Stage on a first-come, first serve basis
  • Exclusive access to upgraded restroom facilities on the North Lawn
  • Commemorative Newport Jazz Festival poster

There are several other ticket packages and options. For more information, go to http://www.newportjazz.org/tickets.

Three years ago, the Newport Jazz Festival inaugurated Storyville as a fourth stage where individual artists can demonstrate their virtuosity in solo performances, and some small groups are presented as well. Named after his former club in Boston, George Wein is very happy with the success of Newport’s Storyville, which hosts packed audiences every year.

NJF will host a tented village filled with vendors, including talented painters, photographers, hat and clothing designers, jewelry makers, handmade instrument makers, and creators of other specialized collectibles. A variety of delicious food and beverage choices will be available, including beer and wine gardens. There will also be official merchandise stations on site.

On Saturday evening, August 4, the 2018 Newport Festivals Foundation Gala will be held at The Elms, one of Newport’s magnificent mansions.  The program will feature Pat Metheny, Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, and Jazzmeia Horn, giving intimate performances while guests enjoy delicious food and cocktails. To purchase gala tickets, go to www.newportfestivals.org/gala2018.

In recent years, George Wein created the Newport Festivals Foundation, and a press release said this:

“Newport Festivals Foundation fosters the legacy and expands the impact of its Festivals through educational initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in 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 donations and performances at schools throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.”

Recently, the Newport Festivals Foundation donated instruments to four schools in Pawtucket, Rhode Island – Goff, Jenks, and Slater Middle Schools, and Tolman High School, as part of the Foundation’s ongoing mission to continue encouraging the idiom of jazz in young, aspiring musicians. For more information about this endeavor, please visit www.newportfestivals.org.

Bridgefest

For the third year in a row under the auspices of the Newport Festivals Foundation, festival-goers are invited to Bridgefest, from July 30 to August 2. Bridgefest is a celebration of jazz, folk, and Newport’s musical community, and will include concerts, films, educational programs, and several music-related activities in and around Newport. Bridgefest was originally founded in 2009 by the Arts & Cultural Alliance, to “bridge” the days between the Newport Folk Festival (July 27 to 29) and the Newport Jazz Festival (August 3 to 5). For more details about specific events, go to www.newportbridgefest.com.

Scholarships Presented to 45 Students to Attend the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival

Danilo Pérez © Kevin R. Mason

Students from across the world will be mentored this summer at the site of one of the world’s most legendary jazz festivals. The Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival will give young vocalists and instrumentalists a five-day intensive jazz program taught by world-renowned faculty under the artistic direction of Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez and Managing Director Marco Pignataro. The program will be held from July 30 to August 3 at Salve Regina University, featuring master classes by musicians appearing at the festival, ensemble rehearsals, and final performances on the NJF stage.

Participants will attend the workshop on full scholarships provided by the Newport Festivals Foundation and the Joyce and George Wein Foundation. Additional support comes from the Mary Hailer Scholarship Fund established by John and Maureen Hailer. This generosity makes it possible for 45 students from more than 10 countries, including Panama, Chile, South Africa, Israel, Argentina, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Australia, to be mentored by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians. The total value of the scholarships awarded for 2018 is $70,000. Established in 2016, more than 150 students have participated in the workshop, receiving a total of $210,000 in scholarships.

“One of the joys of living long enough and having achieved a degree of success in one’s career is being able to give back. I am very happy that the Joyce and George Wein Foundation, which my late wife and I created a number of years ago, is able to support this wonderful program,” said George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and Chairman of Newport Festivals Foundation. “Joyce was a remarkable woman who worked by my side on everything that I did.”

The Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival is designed as an intensive five-day program for students ages 15 to 18. Each day will feature master classes in improvisation, theory, performance, harmonic analysis, and instrumental instruction. Ensembles will rehearse in the afternoons, while evening jam sessions and open mics give students opportunities to collaborate and put new skills to practice. Throughout the week, Newport Jazz Festival artists will visit the workshop, where they will listen, critique, and share their experiences as working musicians.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute, led by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, is a performance program at Berklee designed to foster creativity and musicianship at the highest level through various musical disciplines, and advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society. Along with Pérez and Pignataro, at the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop will be Berklee faculty Jason Palmer on trumpet; Tia Fuller on saxophone; Yoron Israel and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums; Sara Serpa on vocals; Bruno Raberg on bass; and six recent grads of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

“George Wein’s passion, dedication and support for jazz has been instrumental for the expansion of Berklee’s Summer Programs to Newport and the creation of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for high school students at the festival,” said Pérez. “The mentoring of these young talents from our faculty and the experiential learning approach of performing at the festival is a powerful and enduring way to nurture the next generation of jazz talent. It is an honor to be a part of this incredible experience.”

Travel to Newport

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 on travel packages, go to www.wbgo.org/Newport.

Sponsorship

Natixis Investment Managers is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival. Natixis is helping to promote programs that enrich lives and preserve the cultural experience of music for future generations. In addition to Natixis Investment Managers, NJF also receives generous support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, and Eventbrite.

For more information about NJF, go to www.newportjazz.org.