Since its founding in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has become a New England summer tradition (except for nine years from 1972 to 1981, during which it emigrated from Newport to New York). Under the direction first of the legendary George Wein and now of Christian McBride, the festival has produced countless memorable moments (and many great albums), attracting the biggest names in jazz and thousands of music enthusiasts to the spit of land overlooking Narragansett Bay.
This year’s festival once again featured three full days, August 2-4, of world-class musicians performing on four different stages, as well as food, crafts, and other exhibits. Visit the festival’s website for more information.
JT editor and Newport newbie Mac Randall describes what he saw and heard over three music-packed days.
The night before the festival officially began, George Wein, 93, gave what he claimed would be his final public performance as a pianist—with the help of a few buddies—at Fort Adams.
See a gallery of photos from Day 1 of the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival.
See a gallery of photos from Day 2 of the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival.
See a gallery of photos from Day 3 of the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival.
JazzTimes’ The Countoff: Newport 2019 Preview
In this special podcast, JazzTimes editor Mac Randall chats with Newport veterans Jim Macnie, Eric Jackson, and Martin Johnson about what to expect—and who to watch out for—at this year’s event.
Who Performed in 2019
Bassist Christian McBride, entering his fourth year as Newport’s artistic director, compiled a lineup of 60-plus acts featuring Grammy Award winners and other A-list names for the 65th annual festival. Performers included this year’s artist-in residence Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Corinne Bailey Rae, Terence Blanchard, Jon Batiste, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Thundercat, Ron Carter, and Newport first-timer Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Click here to see all of the acts who performed this year.
10 Artist Picks
JT‘s Jim Macnie asked 10 artists on this year’s Newport bill which other artists they were most looking forward to seeing at the festival. Click here to see recommendations from Tia Fuller, Makaya McCraven, Darcy James Argue, Camila Meza, and more.
Attending the 2019 Festival? Here’s what you need to know.
Whether you’re going for the first time or are a regular at Newport, here’s what you should know to take full advantage of your weekend.
Newport Jazz Festival on JazzTimes
Relive the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival with some of our best coverage from last year.
Photo galleries from previous years:
Photos: Newport Jazz Festival 2017
2016 Photos from John Abbott
2016 Photos from Ken Franckling
2016 Saturday Photos from Marek Lazarski
2016 Sunday Photos from Marek Lazarski
2015 Photos from John Abbott
2015 Photos from Ken Franckling
See past video interviews with musicians at Newport.
Jon Batiste at the 2014 festival:
Herbie Hancock at the 2013 festival:
Michel Camilo at the 2013 festival:
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