Newport Jazz Festival To Expand to Three Days
The Newport Jazz Festival will add a third day of programming to its 60th annual festival, which is set to take place Aug. 1–3, 2014, in Newport, R.I.
In addition to Saturday and Sunday programming at Fort Adams State Park, the festival will open its gates for the first time on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an evening concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.
Friday at the festival grounds will showcase new and emerging artists. The new daytime programming will be funded in part by a $40,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.
Artists confirmed for Friday include composer-saxophonist John Zorn, saxophonist Miguel Zenón and composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue. Each artist will perform special works: Zorn will feature eight different groups in his “Masada Marathon”; Zenón will use audio and video to portray the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S.; Argue will debut a new commission from Vancouver’s Hard Rubber Orchestra.
“In the past three years, we have been able to present over 30 relatively unknown artists,” said festival producer George Wein. “We are now happy to see that some of these artists are already being presented at other festivals throughout the world. Adding the third day will increase the opportunity for the Newport Jazz Festival to present young artists that should become known to jazz fans.”
The complete lineup for the 2014 festival will be announced in January.
More information—including tickets for the inaugural Friday at the festival—is available at newportjazzfest.org.