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About Newport Jazz Festival


The Newport Jazz Festival ( is a weekend summer event held at picturesque Newport, RI. Founded in 1954, the event was the first jazz festival in America and has been the site for many legendary performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, any many others. In later years, artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, and Jamie Cullum made major debuts on the Newport stage.

Referred to as the mother of all jazz festivals, thousands of fans from all over thee world, make the pilgrimage to this destination city to experience the historic event.

The festival was founded by Wein, who started numerous other festivals world-wide, including the New York Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Grand Parade du Jazz - Nice, France.

Wein continues to produce the festival to this day, and is considered to be as much a legend as his festivals. In January 2005, he was recognized with a Jazz Masters award as Jazz Advocate by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, honors and awards have been bestowed upon him by the White House, the Government of France, AARP, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York Urban League, National Music Council, Pratt Institute, and the International Association of Jazz Journalists, among others.

Newport Jazz Festival joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 21, 2010