ABOUT NEWPORT JAZZ
What is being at the Newport Jazz Festival like?
You'll just have to come to find out, but here's a taste...
Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival® was the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world's leading established and emerging artists. Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.
Historic moments since its inception include performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
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The Newport Jazz Festival was created by jazz impresario, George Wein, who also founded numerous festivals world-wide, including the JVC Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Grand Parade du Jazz (Nice, France).
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It takes a village to make a world-class festival go on without a hitch!
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The Newport Jazz Festival is a production of the Newport Festivals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established to To maintain the famed Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, and to support music education.
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