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Christian McBride Named Newport Artistic Director

Will succeed George Wein as music curator

George Wein and Christian McBride

Bassist Christian McBride has been named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. His appointment marks the first time in the festival’s 62-year history that a musician other than pianist/producer George Wein will serve as artistic director. McBride will work alongside, and eventually succeed, Wein as the festival’s music curator.

Danny Melnick, 25-year veteran of Wein’s organization, will move up to producer from associate producer.

According to a press release, “McBride will begin festival strategic planning with Wein and Melnick immediately, and will take the reins for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival.”

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