Monday, May 27, 2024

André 3000, Elvis Costello, Nile Rodgers Anchor Newport Jazz

The Newport Jazz Festival is occasionally overshadowed by the jaw-dropping lineups of its sibling Folk Festival (surprise 2022 Joni Mitchell appearance, we’re looking in your direction…), but this year’s bill should have no trouble standing on its own. The Aug. 2-4 event at Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park will feature André 3000, Elvis Costello, Brittany Howard, Sun Ra Arkestra and Nile Rodgers & CHIC, along with a host of jazz-associated legends in new and familiar combinations.

They include the supergroup Dinner Party, whose members Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington will also play solo sets, Bill Frisell, Stanley Clarke, Galactic with Irma Thomas, a Wayne Shorter tribute with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington and Ravi Coltrane and a jam session led by festival artistic director Christian McBride.

Also performing this year: Thievery Corporation, Samara Joy, Noname, PJ Morton, Galactic with Irma Thomas, Moonchild, Cimafunk, Ghost-Note, Shabaka, Christian McBride’s “Jam Jawn” (with special guests to be announced), Meshell Ndegeocello, Artemis, Chief Adjuah, Aja Monet, Sun Ra Arkestra, Julius Rodriguez, Makaya McCraven & Jeff Parker, and many more.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Newport Jazz Festival, which got started in 1954. It’ll take place at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, rain or shine, from August 2 through 4.

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