Newport Jazz Festival Announces Second Wave of Performers

Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Ron Carter, and first-timer Dee Dee Bridgewater are among the new additions

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Kamasi Washington at the Montreal Jazz Festival, June 30, 2018 (photo: Victor Diaz Lamich/Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)

The 65th Newport Jazz Festival has announced a second wave of performers, including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Romero Lubambo, the Ron Carter Trio, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony, PJ Morton, Ghost-Note, the Billy Hart Quartet, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Aaron Diehl, Hailu Mergia, and Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin.

“Making her festival debut at Fort Adams is one of my favorite people in the whole world, the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater,” Christian McBride, the festival’s artistic director, said in a press release. “Her latest project, Memphis, is sure to stir your soul. As a bass player, I stand on Ron Carter’s shoulders. In fact, every jazz bassist since Ron Carter stands on his mighty shoulders. It is our honor to welcome him back to Newport. Okay, okay, so it’s a little bass-heavy this year. That’s not really a problem, is it? In addition to Ron, we have Thundercat and MonoNeon with Ghost-Note, and believe me, that’s just the tip of the ‘bass mountain.’”

The festival, which will showcase more than 60 jazz acts, runs Friday, Aug. 2, to Sunday, Aug. 4.

Other performers, previously announced, will include Herbie Hancock, the Bad Plus, Buika, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. A third wave of performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

A full lineup of the acts announced so far is below.

Friday, Aug. 2 – Fort Adams State Park
Herbie Hancock
Thundercat
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Bad Plus
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen
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 and JD Beck
The Dayna Stephens Group
Mwenso and the Shakes
Tom Oren
Mark Stryker: “Jazz from Detroit”

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Fort Adams State Park
Kamasi Washington
Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon
Gully
Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony
Buika
The Ron Carter Trio
Makaya McCraven
Ravi Coltrane and David Virelles
Ghost-Note
Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller’s Parlour Game
Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’
Hailu Mergia
Laurin Talese

Sunday, Aug. 4 – Fort Adams State Park
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
PJ Morton
Sons of Kemet
Cécile McLorin Salvant
ELEW
Marcus Strickland Twi-Life featuring Smithsoneon
Christian Sands — 3 Piano Erroll Garner Tribute featuring Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno
Dafnis Prieto Big Band
Aaron Diehl
IN COMMON: Walter Smith III, Matt Stevens, Joel Ross, Harish Raghavan, and Kendrick Scott
Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra
Sammy Miller and the Congregation