Newport Jazz Festival announces third wave of artists

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Three incredible vocalists, an acoustic-electronica band from Manchester, England, a team of outstanding musicians/producers who have joined forces to create one of today's hippest groups, a dynamic pianist and television bandleader and the world's favorite master of funk top the list of the Third Wave of artists set to perform at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers August 3-5 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

Tickets are available now at www.newportjazz.org.

Artistic Director Christian McBride and Executive Producer Jay Sweet announced the following artists: R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson

Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Marquis Hill Blacktet

Alicia Olatuja

Berklee Global Institute Workshop Ensembles Jon Batiste

Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander

Roy Hargrove

Charenée Wade

University of Rhode Island Big Band under the direction of Joe Parillo George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Gregory Porter

GoGo Penguin

Nicole Mitchell's Dusty Wings

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio

Massachusetts Music Educators Association Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Darcy James Argue "I've been waiting, rather impatiently, to share this incredible Third Wave of artists," said Jay Sweet. "Every year there are two or three sets I clear my schedule for, but I might have to up that number this year since there are at least four in this wave alone: George Clinton and P Funk, Jon Batiste, GoGo Penguin and, I know where I'll be on Friday - R=NOW is one of the most important groups out there. You don't miss a group who's collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Common, Kanye West, Mos Def and Q-Tip. Is it August yet?" There are a lot of good reasons to have a leading musician as the Artistic Director and one of them is that Christian McBride has personal experience with just about every jazz musician on the scene. "At age 45, it feels strange to say that I've been friends with someone for over 30 years who I didn't go to elementary school with, but that's exactly the case with my dear brother, Roy Hargrove," said McBride. "We met in 1987 at a high school big band competition where he was already a star among almost every high school musician in the country. Since then, he's become one of the most influential musicians of our time."

Many musicians have said that playing in Newport is a dream come true and fans have watched those dreams unfold since 1954. Talking about his friend who reached back a generation to look into his father's dreams, McBride said, "Joshua Redman has been another one of my closest musical comrades for over 26 years. Seeing and hearing him is always a joy. His latest project, "Still Dreaming," pays homage to the seminal band that his father, Dewey, played in, Old and New Dreams, which is one of his most powerful and meaningful projects. It's a pleasure to have my friend Joshua back at Newport."

Newport Jazz Festival has always been a major arena for vocalists, and this year the tradition continues in fine style.

"Both Charenée Wade and Alicia Olatuja represent two of the very finest vocalists on the scene today, and I've had the pleasure of working with both of them," said Christian. "The first time I heard Charenée, it seemed as if Betty Carter's spirit had taken over her body. She sounds and feels as if she's been on the planet before. Alicia Olatuja's grace and power are rare. She can sing in absolutely any style with the utmost of sophistication and musicality. Her star is continually on the rise. It's a pleasure to welcome both of these ladies to Newport." To date, the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers includes: Living Colour

Charles Lloyd's Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland

R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Tylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson

Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade

BADBADNOTGOOD

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Tony Allen

Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition

Michel Camilo

Marquis Hill Blacktet

Alicia Olatuja

Matthew Shipp Trio

Berklee Global Institute Workshop Ensembles PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland

PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Jon Batiste

Andra Day

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander

Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)

Roy Hargrove

Grace Kelly

Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl

Charenée Wade

University of Rhode Island Big Band under the direction of Joe Parillo Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Lucinda Williams with Jason Moran, Marvin Sewell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Gregory Porter

Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller

Ambrose Akinmusire's Origami Harvest

GoGo Penguin

James Carter Organ Trio

Black Art Jazz Collective

Nicole Mitchell's Dusty Wings

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Jazzmeia Horn

Nate Smith KINFOLK

Massachusetts Music Educators Association Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Darcy James Argue Newport Jazz Festival's official travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, is offering Day Trips and an exclusive Weekend Package for festival fans. For more information, go to wbgo.org/Newport.

Natixis Investment Managers is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival and sponsors programs that help enrich the lives of individuals and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music. In addition to Natixis Investment Managers, the Newport Jazz Festival also receives generous support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Eventbrite.

The Newport Festivals Foundation fosters the legacy and expands the impact of its Festivals through educational initiatives to engage students and introduce them to jazz and folk music. The Foundation's goal is to offer opportunity, inspire through exposure and facilitate the collection of resources needed for musicians to celebrate and innovate. The focus on creating unique experiences to spark engagement is accomplished through a variety of initiatives, including instrument drives and performances at schools throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

For tickets and general information on the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers, log on to www.newportjazz.org.

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