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2020 Newport Jazz Festival Lineup: Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall & More
Since 1954, Newport Jazz Festival has showcased incredible artists in a beautiful setting, and 2020 will be no exception. The legendary three-day fest announced it's first wave of performers, let by Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, who will close out the day of music at Fort Adams State Park in Newort, R.I., on Aug. 7, 8 and 9 repsectively.
A slew of addiotional performances have been announced in this first wave, including Khruangbin, Angélique Kidjo’s performance of Talking Heads' Remain In Light, A residency by Robert Glasper, Jimmy Cliff, Makaya McCraven, A Christian McBride Situation, Cory Wong, Hiromi and many more.
Curated by McBride as Artistic Director and founder George Wein, Newport Folk Festival is in its 66th edition, and continues its legacy as a breeding ground for great music in jazz and beyond.
“This year’s Newport Jazz Festival continues the tradition of presenting jazz, as George Wein would say, “from J to Z.” ,” said McBride in a statement. “For three days in August, all eyes and ears in the jazz world focus on what happens at Newport. It’s a thrill to present everyone from the great Wynton Marsalis, who’s making his first appearance at the festival in 9 years, to Diana Krall, who’s making her first appearance at the festival in over 20 years. We welcome back old friends like Charles Lloyd, who served as our artist-in-residence in 2018, and Robert Glasper, who serves as this year’s artist-in-residence.
"Newport Jazz has always featured artists from all areas," McBride continued, "From Chuck Berry to Mahalia Jackson to Aretha Franklin to James Brown to Led Zeppelin to the Allman Brothers. Since 2017, artists like The Roots, Common, Living Colour and George Clinton and more have all played the festival. This year, Newport Jazz presents reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff. Oh yes, this year’s going to be deep. Norah Jones is back after her smashing 2016 Newport debut, Avery*Sunshine makes her debut, as does vibraphonist Warren Wolf. There’s just way too many great artists to name. Just make sure you come. You won’t be disappointed!”
Tickets are available now, along with the latest linuep info, via the festival's website.