10/27/10

Dates Announced for Newport Jazz Festival in 2011

George Wein announces that historic jazz festival is set for August 5-7, 2011

George Wein’s New Festival Productions has announced the dates for the 2011 jazz festival in Newport, R.I. The festival will be held on August 5-7, 2011. The bulk of the festival will again take place on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Adams State Park, with a special opening night concert held on Friday night at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in downtown Newport.

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George Wein at 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
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Old friends George Wein and Jon Faddis backstage at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
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The 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival attracted over 15,000 attendees over the three days. In a press release received earlier this year, Wein raved about this jewel in his festival crown. “It was a pleasure presenting old friends Dave Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis along with new friends Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti and other talented musicians. The warmth shared among the musicians and the excitement shown by the audiences were overwhelming. And, opening up the Fort with a stage heightened the festival atmosphere. At both festivals, we experienced the community feeling that folk festival co-producers Bob Jones and Jay Sweet and I wanted. I’m still on cloud nine and I’m ready to start programming the 2011 festivals now.” Wein produced the first festival in 1954 and has overseen them all in Newport since.

Also appearing at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival were Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows and Beats, Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Trio da Paz, Jon Faddis, Anat Cohen, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Gretchen Parlato, Fly and Wein’s own Newport All-Stars with Randy Sandke, Randy Brecker and Howard Alden, among others.

Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano showed the City’s support of Wein and his festivals by proclaiming August 7, 2010 as George Wein Day. From the main stage during the festival, she declared that “George Wein has brought more joy and sunshine to the citizens and visitors of Newport than anyone else.”
For more information about the festival, you can go to their website.

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