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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. Historic moments since its inception include performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. 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.
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The Festival was founded by jazz impresario George Wein, who founded numerous festivals world-wide, including the New York Jazz Festival (known as the JVC Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Gran Parade du Jazz - Nice, France). more on George Wein