Newport Jazz Festival Announces First Wave of Performers

Herbie Hancock, the Bad Plus, Buika, and Cécile McLorin Salvant will all take the stage

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Marek Lazarski

Herbie Hancock at the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival

The 65th Newport Jazz Festival has announced an initial lineup of performers, including Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, the Bad Plus, Buika, Terence Blanchard, Sons of Kemet, Makaya McCraven, and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

The festival, which takes place Aug. 2-4 at two locations in Newport, R.I.—Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino—will also feature Ravi Coltrane, David Virelles, ELEW, Marcus Strickland, Christian Sands, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, and Tia Fuller.

The festival lineup is being curated by bassist Christian McBride, who is now entering his fourth year as Newport artistic director.

“We’re all excited about this year’s Festival, and this first wave of artists is just a sample of the great musicians that will grace the four stages at Fort Adams,” McBride said in a press release. “From the return of the legendary Herbie Hancock and Marshall Allen leading the Sun Ra Arkestra to the debuts of beat scientist Makaya McCraven, dynamic vocalist Buika and Shabaka Hutchings and his band Sons of Kemet, the festival has something for everyone.”

See below for the complete list of performers announced in today’s first Newport wave.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 – Fort Adams State Park
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • The Bad Plus
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen
  • Tia Fuller’s Diamond Cut
Saturday, Aug. 3 – Fort Adams State Park
  • Buika
  • Makaya McCraven
  • Ravi Coltrane/David Virelles
  • Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game
  • Joel Ross’ Good Vibes
  • Laurin Talese
Sunday, Aug. 4 – Fort Adams State Park
  • Terence Blanchard Featuring the E-Collective
  • Sons of Kemet
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • ELEW
  • Marcus Strickland Twi-Life featuring Smithsoneon
  • Christian Sands – 3 Piano Erroll Garner Tribute! featuring Helen Sung & Tadataka Unno
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band
  • Sammy Miller & the Congregation

For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

See JazzTimes‘ special recap of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival.