By Ted Nesi
PBN Web Editor
NEW FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS LLC
TONY BENNETT shakes hands with a pianist while performing at the Newport Jazz Festival last August. Another singer, Jamie Cullum, is this year’s headliner.
NEWPORT – Jamie Cullum, Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti are among the big names who will visit the City by the Sea in August for the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival, longtime organizer George Wein said Tuesday.
The annual event, now in its 56th year, is scheduled for Aug. 6 to 8. Other performers will include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Bob Brookmeyer.
CareFusion Corp., a San Diego-based medical products company, began sponsoring the jazz festivals in Newport and elsewhere around the world last year. Wein, who produced the original Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, said he was grateful for the company’s continued support.
“There is nothing like celebrating jazz in Newport,” he said in a statement. “It’s fun, it’s a gorgeous setting and there’s sure to be more than a few memorable moments throughout the three days.”
Wein sold his company, Festival Productions, to a firm called the Festival Network in 2007, but eventually broke ties with the company.
Wein then formed a new firm, New Festival Productions LLC, to produce both the jazz festival and its sister event, the Newport Folk Festival, which this year is scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 1.
Tickets for the jazz festival go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and on the festival’s Web site. For more information, call (401) 848-5055.
The artists scheduled to appear this year’s Newport Jazz Festival are:
Friday, Aug. 6
Saturday, Aug. 7
Chick Corea Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride & Roy Haynes
Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows & Beats
Newport All-Stars with Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Randy Sandke & George Wein and special guest Bob Brookmeyer
Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society with special guest Bob Brookmeyer
Fly: Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier & Mark Turner
JD Allen Trio
Julian Lage Group
Trio Da Paz with Harry Allen
Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet
Sunday, Aug. 8
Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Herbie
Ken Vandermark’s Powerhouse Sound
David Binney Band featuring Brian Blade, Craig Taborn & Eivind Opsvik
Marshall Allen-Matthew Shipp-Joe Morris
Jason Moran Bandwagon with Jenny Scheinman
Ben Allison Band with Jenny Scheinman, Shane Endsley, Steve Cardenas & Rudy Royston
Matt Wilson Quartet