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Newport Announces Third Wave of Festival Performers

Common, Gary Bartz, and Sheila Jordan will take the stage

Common at the Roy Hargrove Celebration, Jan. 8, 2019
Common at the Roy Hargrove Celebration, Jan. 8, 2019 (photo: Alan Nahigian)

Rapper Common, saxophonist Gary Bartz, and singer Sheila Jordan are among the latest wave of artists announced for this year’s Newport Jazz Festival, set for Aug. 2 through 4.

Other performers announced by the festival on Tuesday include Tank and the Bangas, Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy, Kandace Springs, Women of the World, James Francies’ Flight, Lauren Sevian/Helen Sung Duo, Marika Hughes and the New String Quartet, the Brandon Goldberg Trio, Matana Roberts, Brian Marsella, the Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet, the Ben Morris Quintet, the University of Rhode Island Jazz Big Band, and the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Band.

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In addition, this year’s Newport artist-in-residence Herbie Hancock will perform a special set with the festival’s artistic director Christian McBride and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta on Saturday, Aug. 3.

To see what the full lineup looks like following this latest announcement, see below.

Friday, Aug. 2, Fort Adams State Park
Herbie Hancock
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Bad Plus
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen
Gary Bartz: Another Earth 50-Year Anniversary featuring Ravi Coltrane
Kandace Springs
Women of the World
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner, and Ben Street
Tia Fuller’s “Diamond Cut”
DOMi & JD Beck
The Dayna Stephens Group
Mwenso & the Shakes
Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings
Tom Oren
Ben Morris Quintet
Mark Stryker discusses his book Jazz from Detroit
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop

Friday, Aug. 2, International Tennis Hall of Fame
Jon Batiste & Friends

Saturday, Aug. 3, Fort Adams State Park
Kamasi Washington
A Special Performance by Herbie Hancock with Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta
Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin
Romero Lubambo
Reginald Veal & Terreon Gully
Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony
The Ron Carter Trio
Makaya McCraven
Ravi Coltrane/David Virelles
Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy
James Francies’ Flight
Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game
Joel Ross “Good Vibes”
Hailu Mergia
The Royal Bopsters featuring Sheila Jordan
Laurin Talese
Brandon Goldberg Trio
Brian Marsella
Maxine Gordon discusses her book Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
University of Rhode Island Jazz Big Band

Sunday, Aug. 4, Fort Adams State Park
Tank and the Bangas
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
PJ Morton
Sons of Kemet
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Marcus Strickland Twi-Life featuring Smithsoneon
Christian Sands – 3 Piano Erroll Garner Tribute! featuring Helen Sung & Tadataka Unno
Dafnis Prieto Big Band
Aaron Diehl
IN COMMON: Walter Smith III, Matt Stevens, Joel Ross, Harish Raghavan, and Kendrick Scott
Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra
Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Lauren Sevian/Helen Sung Duo
Marika Hughes – The New String Quartet
Matana Roberts
Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet
Alexander Heffner (host of PBS’ The Open Mind)
Rhode Island Music Educators Association Band

The festival, held at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, will offer shows on four stages. Tickets are on sale now at

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