The 60th Annual Newport Jazz Fest Line-Up | Aug. 1st – 3rd, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival 2014

60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

George Wein Announces Line-up for 60th Anniversary Celebration of Newport Jazz Festival® August 1 – 3, 2014, Including Three Full Days of Performances by Established and Emerging Artists

Performers include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, Trombone Shorty, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. John, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Robert Glasper, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Lee Konitz, Gary Burton, Gregory Porter, Ron Carter, Jon Batiste, Darcy James Argue and More

… And, Introducing THE Jazz Club, A New Festival Experience

NEWPORT, RI, January 21, 2014 – Fulfilling the mission of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival®, now presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, will present three full days of music – with an entire day dedicated to emerging artists – that give an exciting look at the future of jazz, including more than 40 performances by some of the world’s finest established and emerging jazz artists, it was announced today by George Wein.

Set for August 1 – 3, 2014, the Festival will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, Trombone Shorty, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robert Glasper, Dr. John, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gary Burton, Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Miguel Zenón, The Cookers, Snarky Puppy and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 23, at 10:00 am at

“We are thrilled to open the Festival on Friday with an entire day of musicians who have emerged on the scene with distinctive stories to tell through their music, ” said Wein, who has produced the Festival since its beginning in 1954. “We’re not just selling these artists, we might be selling the future of jazz. In fact, the only reason for me to be in the Festival business at this point in my life is because these musicians and others must be heard, ” added Wein, now 88.

In addition, the Newport Jazz Festival will present a symposium at Fort Adams State Park. Curated by New York Times critic Nate Chinen, the symposium will discuss how jazz relates to popular culture in today’s society, compared to when the festival began in 1954. It will feature internationally-known jazz aficionados and historians, including Henry Louis Gates.

Also, the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino will host the annual Friday evening concert, this year featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater with a salute to Billie Holiday. After the Festival on Saturday, August 2, jazz lovers can play an additional role in helping to secure the future of jazz by supporting Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ at its annual fundraising gala at the famed Vanderbilt summer cottage, The Breakers, including an appearance by Marsalis and other Festival artists.

The Newport Festivals Foundation is also proud to introduce THE Jazz Club, a special experience offered on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Adams. The option includes special seating, reserved parking, tented lounge access, upgraded restroom facilities and a 60th anniversary poster.

The complete line-up for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management is as follows:

Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Dee Dee Bridgewater – To Billie with Love

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
John Zorn’s Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen & many others
Miguel Zenón Big Band
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Snarky Puppy
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Charlie Parker Project, A World Premier
Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin & Dan Weiss
Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor, Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott & Kevin Shea
Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
URI Newport Big Band

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland
Gregory Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment
SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band with Jon Cowherd, Chris Thomas, Melvin Butler & Myron Walden
Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo with Alvaro Benavides & Jhaire Sala
Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart
Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn
Umbria Jazz presents Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda
Symposium on Jazz
And More …

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Bobby McFerrin spirityouall
David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore
Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman, Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore
Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz & Roman Diaz
Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier & Brian Torff
Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega
Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly
Ravi Coltrane
The Cookers: Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
Mingus Big Band
The Brubeck Brothers
George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash
And More …

*Schedule Subject to Change


Tickets for the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management go on sale worldwide Thursday, January 23, at 10:00 am at, by phone and by mail. For information regarding pre-sales and special offers subscribe to the newsletter on the festival web site or follow us on social media.

Tickets for the Friday, August 1, daytime event at Fort Adams are $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for high school students older than 15 and college students with valid ID. Students must use the Student gate and present valid ID to enter the festival. Offer valid for eligible students while supplies last. Children’s tickets are $ 15.00 for children aged 3 – 15.

Tickets for the Friday, August 1, 8:00 PM concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino are $ 40.00 – $100.00. All seats reserved. There is no child or student pricing for the evening event. The Opening Night Cocktail Party, a Newport summer tradition, kicks off the evening from 6:30 – 7:45 pm. This exclusive party welcomes a Hall of Fame members and $60.00 for non-members. Pricing includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Party attendees must have a ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival concert. To order Cocktail limited number of attendees for an evening of great music, food and beverages. Tickets are $55.00 for Tennis Party tickets, call (401) 324-4072 or go online at

THE Jazz Club tickets are $350 per day. For more details, visit

Tickets for seating in the Center Reserved Section for Fort Adams concerts are available for $125.00 per day. Regular reserved seating is $95.00.

Single-day General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday events at Fort Adams will be $74.00 per day beginning February 1, but are $ 55.00 now until January 31. These tickets will be $84.00 at the gate, if available. Two-day passes are $ 110.00 now and will be $ 135.00 on Feb 1. A limited number of Three-Day passes (for Friday – Sunday events at Fort Adams) are available now for $ 155. Student tickets are $20.00 for high school students older than 15 and college students with valid ID. Students must use the Student gate and present valid ID to enter the festival. Offer valid for eligible students while supplies last. Children’s tickets are $ 15.00 for children aged 3 – 15.

Single-day general admission tickets for all Fort Adams events can also be purchased in person at the Newport Visitors Information Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue. Special discount tickets priced at $55.00 are available while supplies last. Log on to for office hours and information. No service charges apply.

Parking passes are also available on-line for $12.00. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone.

Tickets can be purchased in person at a later date at the Festival office located at 770 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. For office hours, general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055. For more information, visit to or


For music lovers who want to visit the Newport Jazz Festival, WBGO Travel is offering One-Day and Weekend trips via luxury buses from Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Boston. Information for specific bus locations will be confirmed soon. For tickets and more information, log on to


In addition to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, Natixis Global Asset Management, support comes from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Alex and Ani, Rhode Island Foundation, Louis Jadot, NPR Music and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM. The Preferred Hotels of the Festival are Hotel Viking, Marriott Newport, OceanCliff and The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Media supporters are DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines.


The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit

In 1954, on a July weekend in Newport, Rhode Island, George Wein produced the first Newport Jazz Festival®. His mission, then and now, was to celebrate the music and to make the case for its relevance. From that first weekend forward, Wein forever changed how we experienced jazz. For decades, the festival has showcased the icons of jazz, introduced us to the future luminaries, and even challenged our notions of what jazz is within its various forms. Since its beginning, the Newport Jazz Festival has provided some of the most memorable moments in jazz history, from the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s 1956 performance of “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” featuring a 27-chorus saxophone solo by Paul Gonsalves, to the groundbreaking introduction of Esperanza Spalding. Wein no longer needs to make the case for the music’s relevance. “Jazz, ” Wein explains, “has come into its own as an established art form and it is our duty and desire to keep this Festival – and jazz – in music lovers’ hearts and minds, not just as entertainment, but also as an important international resource.”

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The Newport Jazz Festival® is a production of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, a 501 (C)(3) corporation under license from George Wein. All rights reserved.

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