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Hamilton Star Odom Jr. Coming to Newport Jazz Festival

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Leslie Odom Jr.

Award-winning star of Broadway’s Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr. will make his debut at the Newport Jazz Festival this summer. 

He will be at the festival on Friday, August 4. 

Odom Jr. released a self-titled jazz album last year and has been touring in support of it ever since. 

His ten-song album features classics like “Look for the Silver Lining,” “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out),” “Cheer up Charlie,” and much more. 

Leslie Odom Jr. 

Odom, 35, was born in Queens, NY, grew up in Philadelphia and was a musical theater prodigy. 

He appeared in Rent on Broadway when he was 17 while going to Philadelphia's High School for Creative and Performing Arts.

After graduating with honors from the School of Drama at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, he acted on television as Sam Strickland in TV's Smash for two seasons and had a recurring role as Reverend Curtis Scott on Law & Order: SVU. 

Odom recently filmed a remake of Murder on the Orient Express with a cast that includes Dame Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. The movie is due in theaters this November.

The 2017 Jazz Festival 

The 2017 festival is set to take place from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6. 

The festival will show off over 50 individual jazz ensembles on four stages including performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park. 

Click here for more information. 



2016 Newport Jazz Festival

Chick Corea

Chick Corea (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Norah Jones

Norah Jones (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Nels Cline

Nels Cline (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Bad Plus

Bad Plus (Photo: Rick Farrell)


Kneebody (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Christian Scott

Christian Scott (Photo: Rick Farrell)


Galactic (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd New Quartet (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Edmar Castaneda

Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Ben Williams

Ben Williams (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Hot Sardines

Hot Sardines (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Robert Glasper Experiment

Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Django Festival All Stars

Django Festival All Stars (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Heath Brothers

Heath Brothers (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Tierney Sutton

Tierney Sutton (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Yosvany Terry

Yosvany Terry Quintet (Photo: Rick Farrell)


John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Dave Holland

Dave Holland (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Dave Liebman

Dave Liebman Expansions Group (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Patrice Quinn

Patrice Quinn, lead vocalist for Kamasi Washington (Photo: Ken Abrams)

Crowd Enjoying NJF

Crowds enjoying the Newport Jazz Festival (Photo: Rick Farrell)

Ft. Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park (Photo: Rick Farrell)

George Wein

Festival Co-Founder George Wein (Photo: Rick Farrell)


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