Jazz festival returns to Newport
By News Staff
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – The Newport Jazz Festival is back for another year, 58 years after it began in Rhode Island's city by the sea.
The iconic musical event began Friday night with a kickoff concert featuring Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The festival moves to Fort Adams State Park on Saturday for a lineup that features guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Diane Reeves, guitarist Bill Frisell and jazz trio The Bad Plus.
The event concludes Sunday.
Tickets are still available.
The festival, first held in 1954, has showcased a who's who of jazz stars. George Wein, the event's long-time producer took the festival and the Newport Folk Festival nonprofit last year in an attempt to ensure their long-term success.