Newport Jazz Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Headliners for historic festival to include Wynton Marsalis, Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty and others

Wynton Marsalis performing with Dave Brubeck at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010 image 0
Lee Mergner

Wynton Marsalis performing with Dave Brubeck at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010

The Newport Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the 2011 festival that takes place on August 5-7. Minus last year’s sponsor-CareFusion-George Wein’s flagship event will have the same structure as it has had for many years, with a Friday night outdoor concert on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and two full days of performances at Fort Adams State Park. In addition, Rhode Island jewelry designer and manufacturer Alex and Ani have agreed to sponsor this year’s festival.

The programming is booked by Jason Olaine with counsel from Wein, the founder and eminence grise of the festival.

Here is the announced lineup for the festival:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011 / 8:00 PM

International Tennis Hall of Fame / 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Michael Feinstein “Come Fly with Me” with Special Guest Joe Negri

Wynton Marsalis

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 / 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI

Wynton Marsalis

Esperanza Spalding & Friends I

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Al Di Meola World Sinfonia

Michel Camilo “Mano a Mano” with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores

Hiromi

Mujeres De Agua by Javier Limón featuring Buika

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Grace Kelly with Special Guest Phil Woods

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

New Black Eagle Jazz Band

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011 / 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI

Esperanza Spalding & Friends II

Angélique Kidjo

James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland

Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips

Charles Lloyd with Special Guest Zakir Hussain

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Mingus Big Band

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio

Miguel Zenón Presents the Puerto Rican Songbook

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with Special Guest Uri Caine

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni with Special Guests Joshua Redman and Anat Cohen

Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green

Brubeck Brothers

Berklee College of Music All Stars

Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale Friday, March 25, at 10:00 am on-line, by phone and by mail. General admission tickets (single-day passes only) also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue. For more information about the Newport Jazz Festival, you can visit their website. Or for general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.