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Newport Jazz Festival Announces First Wave of Artists for 2017

Partial lineup includes Béla Fleck, Snarky Puppy, McLorin Salvant, Iyer and more

Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
Béla Fleck with the Flecktones

The first wave of artists for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival, scheduled for Aug. 4-6 in Newport R.I., has been announced. Performances will take place at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

Headline acts include Béla Fleck performing with the original Flecktones, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Snarky Puppy, and Hudson, a quartet composed of Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier. Pianist Vijay Iyer will perform twice at the festival, with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on Friday and with his quintet on Saturday.

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