ARETHA FRANKLIN TO HEADLINE SATURDAY AT 2008 JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL NEWPORT
NEW VERVE ARTIST MELODY GARDOT ALSO ADDED TO LINEUP
"The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin will headline this year's JVC Jazz Festival Newport on Saturday, August 9 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. The multiple Grammy Award winner joins an all-star lineup of jazz artists and other musicians including Sonny Rollins, Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Lettuce, Marco Benevento, and Christian Scott. Tickets are on sale now at www.festivalnetwork.com or via phone at (877) 655-4TIX.
In addition to Ms. Franklin's performance, Melody Gardot, a newly signed Verve artist, has been added to the Saturday lineup. Though the individual performances make this year's event one of the most highly anticipated jazz festivals in years, it's the incredible on-stage collaborations that will make it truly memorable. Some designed collaborations include three jazz greats - Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell and Ethan Iverson - who are joining forces for the first time on Saturday, August 9. Also on Saturday, there will be a special encore performance by the all-star quartet Dave Holland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland, who made their legendary debut last year at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
The 2008 JVC Jazz Festival Newport continues a legacy begun in 1954, when George Wein launched the modern music festival era with the first Newport Jazz Festival. Over the decades the event has become an integral thread in the fabric of jazz music, the name itself synonymous with some of the greatest performances in the genre's long history. With a heritage that includes appearances by Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman, JVC Jazz Festival Newport throughout the years has always given festival goers a chance to witness musical history on the stage.
The complete festival lineup is listed below.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME AT THE NEWPORT CASINO
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Dave Holland-Gonzalo Rubalcaba-Chris Potter-Eric Harland
Lettuce with Fred Wesley
Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band
Charlie Haden-Ethan Iverson-Bill Frisell
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Warren Vache Quintet
Aaron Goldberg Trio
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos
Soulive with Fred Wesley
Lionel Loueke Trio
Chris Potter's Underground
George Wein and the Newport All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen-Howard Alden
Marco Benevento Trio with Chris Potter
Mark Rapp Band