The full musical lineup is out for the 2015 Jazz Festival. And as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, it’s the festival’s 61st anniversary.
The three-day festival will start the weekend of July 31st at Newport’s historic Fort Adams’ State Park; with a nighttime concert held at the Tennis Hall of Fame. Headliners include trumpeter Chris Botti, pianist Jamie Cullum. Festival organizers say this year they’ve included more experimental jazz. Friday’s daytime headliner is a thirteen piece jazz fusion group called Snarky Puppy. Other musicians pushing the boundries of modern jazz appearing include, the group Kneebody and Jason Linder. More traditional jazz is well represented by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and a headlining tribute to Billie Holiday from Cassandra Wilson.
In addition, the festival is giving space to up-and-coming musicians; both the Rhode Island and Massachusetts All-State Jazz bands, as well as the University of Rhode Island Newport Big Band will perform.
A third day of music was added to the Newport Jazz Festival last year. But In recent years the Jazz Festival hasn’t drawn the sell-out crowds of the Folk Festival. In addition to two-day and three-day passes, this year, the Jazz festival is offering special “flex tickets.” These let concert-goers choose any single day they want to attend for a reduced price.
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