The Newport Jazz Festival have announced their first wave of artists for their yearly event. Topping the bill is the Original Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, along with Snarky Puppy and a couple of groups featuring Vijay Iyer: a Sextet and his duo with Wadada Leo Smith. Hudson, which features a quartet of heavy-hitters by the names of Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski & Larry Grenadier, is equally exciting to see.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now, so be sure to pick up a pair. The festival is three days of gorgeous scenery, awesome vendors, and, of course, the best jazz music there is to hear. Check the daily breakdown of artists announce thus far below.
Friday, August 4 The Original Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Cécile McLorin Salvant Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith One for All: Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, John Webber & Joe Farnsworth
Saturday, August 5 Snarky Puppy Vijay Iyer Sextet Dominick Farinacci Antonio Sanchez & Migration
Sunday, August 6 Andra Day Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski & Larry Grenadier Sean Jones Quintet with Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis & Obed Calvaire