Newport Jazz Fest Gears Up For 51st Year

Legendary jazz impresario George Wein, CEO of Festival Productions, has announced that the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport will take place in Newport, Rhode Island on August 11 – 14.

The festival concerts take place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th on three stages at Fort Adams State Park. Tickets go on sale April 16 through

The Saturday program features Stanley Clarke, Ravi Coltrane, Jon Faddis, Bela Fleck, Slide Hampton, Dave Liebman, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Medeski Martin and Wood, T.S. Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty and many, many others.

On Sunday, the performers will include Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Don Byron, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Bill Frisell, Benny Green, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, Julian Lage, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, and plenty more.

The 2005 festival will be a continuation of last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration of the glory that the Newport Jazz Festival has brought to genre.

This year s 51st anniversary festival starts August 11 with a special screening of the documentary film “Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue” at the Jane Pickens Theatre. The film features the late jazz icon Miles Davis in concert at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival at the very beginning of his innovative electric period.

A Jazz Fest tradition continues with the annual Friday night celebration August 12th at the Newport Casino at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The nights program will feature Eartha Kitt and the Artie Shaw Orchestra under the Direction of Dick Johnson.


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