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Newport Jazz Fest Spotlights Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding

The program for the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, the 59th, has been announced. The festival will be held in Newport, R.I., on August 2 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and August 3-4 at Fort Adams State Park.

Scheduled performances include Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration featuring the Wayne Shorter Quartet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade plus special guest Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea (fronting the Vigil Band); Eddie Palmieri (with his Salsa Orchestra); Roy Haynes (leading his Fountain of Youth Band); Joshua Redman; Michel Camilo; Terence Blanchard and others with Esperanza Spalding; Gregory Porter; Robert Glasper; Edmar Castañeda; Hiromi; and Jon Batiste. Also planned is a set marking the 35th anniversary of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steve Coleman in three different projects, and Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of Paquito D’Rivera.

On opening night at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, singer Natalie Cole will share a bill with her uncle, singer and pianist Freddy Cole, a special guest of the Bill Charlap Trio.

The program on Saturday (August 3), from 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park, includes the Shorter set; Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society; Michel Camilo Sextet; Terence Blanchard Quintet; Robert Glasper Experiment; Gregory Porter; Edmar Castañeda; Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band; Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers; Bill Charlap Trio with guests Bob Wilber and Anat Cohen; Mary Halvorson Quintet; Rez Abassi Trio; and others to be announced.

On Sunday, August 4, the program begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature Chick Corea & the Vigil Band with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore and Charles Altura; Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra; Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band featuring Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano and David Wong; Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of Paquito D’Rivera; Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson and Steve Smith; Joshua Redman Quartet …

Read more: JazzTimes


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