The Newport Jazz Festival announced their third wave of artists today, and it was a serious curveball to see that The Roots are going to headline the Sunday evening of the festival. Black Thought, Questlove, and the rest of the gang will hold it down at Fort Adams State Park for what will certainly be an unforgettable Newport moment.
And it gets better: Questlove is doing double duty with The Philadelphia Experiment, a project with Uri Caine and Christian McBride that mixed the instrumental hip hop vibe of Madlibe and J Dilla with jazz sensibility in a way that only these cats could execute. For my money, that’s the must-see act of the festival.
John Medeski playing solo piano, Naturall 7, Christian Sands Quartet, Allen / Carrington / Spalding Trio, and more round out the announcement. Full information below, and tickets are on sale now.
Third Wave Additions:
Friday, August 4 *Naturally 7 *Joey DeFrancesco + The People *Christian Sands Quartet with Gilad Hekselman, Yasushi Nakamura & Jerome Jennings
Saturday, August 5 *Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding *Uri Caine Trio with Mark Helias & Clarence Penn *David Torkanowsky, solo piano
Sunday, August 6 *The Roots *Philadelphia Experiment: Questlove, Christian McBride, Uri Caine *John Medeski, solo piano