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2015 Newport Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


The 2015 lineup of the Newport Jazz Festival has been announced. The festival, taking place at Fort Adams on the Weekend of July 31-August 2, goes on sale Thursday, January 15 at 10am. Tickets are available for individual nights or in multi-night packages. The festival is presented by Natixis Global Asset Management.

This years lineup includes such diverse acts as Snarky Puppy, Dr. John and the Night Trippers, and the Bill Frisell Trio.

Check out the full lineup below:

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Fort Adams State Park

    •    Snarky Puppy
    •    Christian McBride Trio
    •    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
    •    Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
    •    Steve Lehman Octet
    •    Kneebody
    •    Gerald Clayton Quintet
    •    Bria Skonberg Quintet
    •    Herlin Riley Quintet
    •    Lucky Peterson – Singin’ the Blues
    •    Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin
    •    Johnathan Blake Quartet
    •    Peter Evans Quintet
    •    The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra with special guest soloist Sean Jones
    •    URI Newport Big Band directed by Dr. Jared Sims

Friday, July 31, 2015, 8:00 pm


Tickets for the Newport Jazz Fest go on sale Thursday, January 15

International Tennis Hall of Fame

    •    Chris Botti
    •    Jon Batiste & Stay Human 


Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park

    •    Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday
    •    Jon Batiste & Stay Human
    •    Maria Schneider Orchestra
    •    Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra*
    •    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    •    José James*
    •    Pat Martino Organ Trio
    •    Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Horace Silver featuring guest Michel Camilo
    •    Hiromi: The Trio Project
    •    Kenny Garrett Quintet
    •    Wycliffe Gordon & Friends*
    •    Tom Harrell Quintet*
    •    Introducing Joey Alexander*
    •    RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble conducted by Willie Hill

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park
    •    Jamie Cullum
    •    Arturo Sandoval
    •    Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
    •    Michel Camilo/Hiromi Piano Duets*
    •    Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band*
    •    Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa
    •    Bill Frisell Trio
    •    Billy Childs Sextet with Strings*
    •    Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets
    •    James Carter Sextet – Living My Life: The Music of Don Byas
    •    Fred Hersch Trio*
    •    Lou Donaldson Quartet
    •    Scott Robinson’s Doctette*
    •    Jason Lindner Now vs. Now
    •    MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band conducted by Julius Tolentino


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Deer Tick

The Rhode Island band returned to the festival this year appearing on the main “Fort Stage” for the first time. In full sailing regalia, they rocked the Fort with tunes from their recent album Negativity and earlier records. Lead singer John McCauley tore through a set which included “Dreams in the Ditch,” “Main Street,” and “Christ Jesus.” McCauley’s wife Vanessa Carlton joined in on the folksy duet “In Our Time.”

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Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker is a New Orleans based guitarist and one of the most exciting additions to the festival this year.  He played a badass set of punk-influenced Blues, telling fans “This ain’t folk show – no folk here.” Highlights included “Young, Lost, and Hungry,” “Wicked Waters” and “Though I Heard You Screaming.” Booker’s trio rivals Jack White in pure sonic intensity – he’s an artist to watch!

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Pegi Young and the Survivors

Pegi Young borrowed a few of husband Neil’s longtime bandmates for a funky set of mostly original songs.  With Muscle Shoals Alabama legends Kevin Holly on guitar and Spooner Oldham on keyboards, Young showed a bit of country-western swagger on songs like “Better Living Through Chemicals,” where she declared pharmaceutical companies, “the new drug pushers.” She shined bright on “Walking a Tightrope,” and “Lonely Women.” It was a fun set, from a talented artist!

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Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles plays Bluegrass on steroids. Their “wall of strings” vibe helped their fans completely forget about lingering rain showers Sunday as they blasted through a set of modern bluegrass. “Come Back Home” was a highlight, and led to an impromptu dance party that broke out on the damp grass. Set closers “Swimming,” and “Wild Animals” also rocked. They’re another band to check out on tour if you get the chance.

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Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy is best known as the founder and lead singer of alt-rock champions Wilco. He was joined Sunday by his son, Spencer, and guests Mavis Staples along with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. The band played a number of new songs from the upcoming album, Tweedy, including mellow folk songs and hard rockers like “World Away.” Old favorites “New Madrid,” “Jesus, etc.” and “California Stars” rounded out the set.

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Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, is a talented young artist from Ireland who has getting a lot of well-deserved attention. His set featured songs from his upcoming album Hozier, as well as a guest appearance from the Berklee College Gospel and Roots Choir, who performed earlier in the day. His hit, “Take Me to Church,” which went viral on YouTube last year, was a big hit at Newport. He’s a truly fresh voice on the indie scene and a rising star to watch.

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The California band Dawes made a return visit to Newport this year as lead guitarist Taylor Goldsmith announced, “We’ve been looking forward to playing here since we got off the stage last year.” They took their fans through some old favorites and new tunes including “Most People,” “Time Spent in Los Angeles,” and “Little Bit of Everything.” Later, they returned to the stage to support indie-rocker Conor Oberst for his equally awesome set.

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Valerie June

Valerie June is an up and coming artist from Nashville, who is already big in the UK. She recently released a critically acclaimed album, Pushin’ Against a Stone, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Fans heard a Blues influenced set at the Harbor Stage which included classics like “Rollin’ and Tumblin,” “Tennessee Time,” and “Workin’ Women Blues.” True to her Blues roots, she closed with the Robert Johnson classic “If I Had Possession over Judgment Day.”


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