This year's Newport Jazz Festival marks the 60th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis' first performance at the festival.
Plans for the celebration include musician tributes to Davis and other events, according to festival organizers.
“We are having quite a few different trumpet players at this year’s festival, each playing a Miles Davis song," said Associate Producer Danny Melnick. "And not only will we have music playing there throughout the weekend, but we’re doing four different panel discussions on Miles Davis and his association with Newport and many other aspects of Miles life.”
The 61st Newport Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday with performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and continues on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Adams State Park.
Organizers say ticket sales have been strong so far, although the event is not sold out. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the weekend.
Dozens of musicians are scheduled to take the stage, ranging in age from as young as 12-years-old to 80-years-old.