Newport Jazz Festival® Announces Fourth Wave of Artists

NEWPORT, RI, March 23, 2017 – Presenting a healthy dose of straight-ahead jazz, world music,

turntable magic and visit from Broadway, Producer/Founder George Wein and Artistic Director Christian

McBride announce the fourth wave of artists for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis

Global Asset Management, which takes place at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall

of Fame at the Newport Casino August 4 – 6. Tickets are available at www.newportjazz.org

The fourth wave of artists includes:

 

Friday, August 4

– Leslie Odom, Jr.

– Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

– Jimmy Greene Quartet w. Kevin Hays, Ben Williams & Otis Brown III

– George Burton Quintet w. Tim Warfield, Jason Palmer, Pablo Menares & Wayne Smith Jr.

 

Saturday, August 5

– Branford Marsalis Quartet

– Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk f. Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Josh

Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz

– DJ Logic’s Project Logic

– Benny Golson Quartet w. Mike LeDonne, Buster Williams & Carl Allen

– Gilad Hekselman, solo guitar

– JoAnne Brackeen, solo piano

– Peter Evans, solo trumpet

 

Sunday, August 6

– Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

– Bokanté f. Michael League & Malika Tirolien

– Theo Croker

– Cyrus Chestnut Trio

– Marilyn Crispell, solo piano

– Orrin Evans, solo piano

 

Highlighting some of the 2017 artists, George Wein said, “The veterans of the fifties are fast

disappearing. Benny Golson is still with us. I have a fond memory of Benny giving me a personal,

handwritten transcription of his song ‘Whisper Not,’ which he says was written while playing Storyville

back in that first decade of the latter half of the 20 th century.”

Christian McBride, added, “I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work with the legendary Benny

Golson when I was teenager. He used me in his band when I first moved to New York and he took me to

Europe in the Fall of 1990. There’s a lot going on at Newport, but I urge everyone to save some time to

hear this living jazz titan.”

The members of the Marsalis family have often found a spot on the Newport stages, and this year’s

roster features the oldest of pianist Ellis Marsalis’ sons, Branford. “Branford Marsalis is one of my

favorite people,“ said Wein, “In addition to the quality of his music, he brings a joy and spirit to the

festival that reaches everyone with whom he comes in contact.”

McBride agrees, “Branford is like a big brother to me. He has always been one of my favorite musicians,

and I think of him as family. I’ve known him since I was teenager, and I’ve learned a lot from him. He is

well-schooled and is one of the most informed, most intelligent musicians I know.”

The festival welcomes saxophonist Jimmy Greene in his Newport debut as a leader. Wein says, “Jimmy

Greene, who has lived with a tragedy that few of us can imagine, is known for his hardcore saxophone

sound, which I’m looking forward to hearing. In Newport, he will share music from his two albums that

honor the life of his daughter, who was one of the youth killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The fact that

he continues to play and pay homage to her life is a tribute to the strength of the music that is in his

soul.”

Also making his Newport debut as a leader is trumpeter Theo Croker. “It’ll be nice to see Theo, whose

grandfather, Doc Cheatham, was a close personal friend with whom I had the pleasure of playing many

times.”

Amir ElSaffar returns to Newport, this time with his Rivers of Sound Orchestra. “Don’t miss this one if

you want to have an experience that will enhance your musical enjoyment,” urged Wein.

Just crossing the bridge onto Aquidneck Island is a great reason for a celebration, but 2017 pays tribute

to the 100th birthdays of three giants who shared plenty of music and memories at the Newport Jazz

Festival. Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk featuring Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Avishai

Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz will be one of the world’s biggest and

baddest birthday parties ever.

Christian said, “When you think of all of the jazz greats who would be celebrating their 100th birthday

this year, you can’t help but get into party mode. This is a fantastic group. Whatever they do will be

creatively stimulating and totally interesting.”

One of Broadway’s brightest stars will showcase his jazz chops at this year’s festival. “Hamilton is the

Broadway show of the century,” said Wein, “and we’re looking forward to the Newport debut of Leslie

Odom, Jr.”

McBride chimed in, “It’s sort of funny to think that so many people on this year’s jazz festival have

Philadelphia connections, and Leslie is another one. He went to the same high school as Joey

DeFrancesco, Questlove and I, although he was there a decade after us. I worked with Leslie about six

months ago and I was overjoyed to see how incredibly talented he is. To see his versatility on stage in

Hamilton and then experience him as a really good jazz singer is unbelievable. He could be in the mold

of a Sammy Davis, Jr., an artist who could do it all. I can’t wait to see Leslie’s star rise even higher than it

has been over the last couple of years.”

The partial Newport Jazz Festival lineup, including all four waves, features:

Friday, August 4

– Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

– Maceo Parker

– Cécile McLorin Salvant

– Naturally 7

– Leslie Odom, Jr.

– Joey DeFrancesco + The People

– Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

– Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

– Christian Sands Quartet w. Gilad Hekselman, Yasushi Nakamura & Jerome Jennings

– One for All: Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, John Webber

& Joe Farnsworth

– Evan Christopher Clarinet Road & New Orleans Brass

– Rodriguez Brothers

– Jimmy Greene Quartet w. Kevin Hays, Ben Williams & Otis Brown III

– George Burton Quintet w. Tim Warfield, Jason Palmer, Pablo Menares & Wayne Smith Jr.

 

Saturday, August 5

– Snarky Puppy

– Branford Marsalis Quartet

– Rhiannon Giddens

– Christian McBride Big Band w. Special Guests

– Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding

– Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk f. Danilo Perez, Chris Potter,

Avishai Cohen, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz

– Henry Threadgill Zooid

– Vijay Iyer Sextet

– Antonio Sanchez & Migration

– DJ Logic’s Project Logic

– Benny Golson Quartet w. Mike LeDonne, Buster Williams & Carl Allen

– Uri Caine Trio w. Mark Helias & Clarence Penn

– Dominick Farinacci

– Gilad Hekselman, solo guitar

– JoAnne Brackeen, solo piano

– David Torkanowksy, solo piano

– Peter Evans, solo trumpet

 

Sunday, August 6

– The Roots

– Andra Day

– Maria Schneider Orchestra

– Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski & Larry Grenadier

– Philadelphia Experiment: Questlove, Christian McBride, Uri Caine

– Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

– Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

– Bokanté f. Michael League & Malika Tirolien

– Theo Croker

– Cyrus Chestnut Trio

– Sean Jones Quintet w. Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis & Obed Calvaire

– Cyrille Aimée

– John Medeski, solo piano

– Marilyn Crispell, solo piano

– Orrin Evans, solo piano

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, sign up for WBGO’s Newport List at

http://eepurl.com/cxssCj.

http://eepurl.com/cxssCj.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

All adult, children and student tickets for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global

Asset Management are available at www.newportjazz.org. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased

on-line or by telephone. For information regarding pre-sales and special offers, subscribe to the

newsletter on the festival web site or follow NJF on social media.

General Admission tickets for all Fort Adams events also can be purchased in person at the

Newport Visitors Information Center, located at 23 Americas Cup Avenue. Log on to

www.discovernewport.org for office hours and information. Local discounts offered. No service

charges apply.

For more information, e-mail jazztickets@newportfestivals.org.

Natixis Global Asset Management is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 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 Global Asset Management, the Newport Jazz Festival also receives generous

support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, North Coast Brewing Company and Eventbrite.

Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the

legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the

Foundation, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk

music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. In addition, the

Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the

annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

 

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Media Contact: Carolyn McClair / CMPR

(917) 686-0854 / Carolyn@newportfestivals.org

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