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Newport Jazz Fest 2016 Brings in Over 24,000 Fans

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 

Over 24,000 fans turned out for the 2016 Newport Jazz fest  that was held at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino from July 29 to the 31st. Riding that momentum, the Jazz Fest has announced that the 2017 festival will be held from August 4th to August 6th. 

Festival Highlights 

Highlights of the 2016 festival included performances by the the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Music Educators Association big bands, at which a $5,000 scholarship was presented by Natixis CEO John Hailer to a student from each band on the stage at Fort Adams. 

In addition, jazz legend Jimmy Heath thrilled the Harbor Stage crowd when he joined the RI big band for a portion of the set.

Other highlights included new works by bassist Ben Williams, pianist Peter Apfelbaum, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Sullivan Fortner. 

Fans took part in the 75th birthday celebration for Chick Corea, who performed with his band Trilogy featuring Festival Artistic Director/bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  

The Festival debut of the saxophonist Kamasi Washington in two different sets on Friday while pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi's saluted to Newport while she celebrated the 60th anniversary of her first Festival appearance at Storyville on Sunday. 

The Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, who gave audiences a taste of Harlem and Kingston in his Sunday afternoon Festival debut while vocalist Angélique Kidjo, had children and adults alike dancing through the crowd to close out the Festival on Sunday, as well as many more memorable moments.

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Related Slideshow: 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

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Chick Corea

Chick Corea (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Norah Jones

Norah Jones (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Nels Cline

Nels Cline (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Bad Plus

Bad Plus (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Kneebody

Kneebody (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Christian Scott

Christian Scott (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Galactic

Galactic (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Charles Lloyd New Quartet (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble

Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Ben Williams

Ben Williams (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Hot Sardines

Hot Sardines (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Casey Benjamin

Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Django Festival All-Stars

Django Festival All-Stars (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Heath Brothers

Heath Brothers (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Tierney Sutton

Tierney Sutton (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Yosvany Terry Quintet

Yosvany Terry Quintet (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet

John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Dave Holland

Dave Holland (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Dave Liebman Expansions Group

Dave Liebman Expansions Group (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Patrice Quinn

Patrice Quinn, lead vocalist for Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

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Crowds enjoy the Jazz Festival

Crowds enjoying the Newport Jazz Festival (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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Festival Co-Founder George Wein

Festival Co-Founder George Wein (Photo: Rick Farrell)

 
 

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