Newport JVC Jazz Fest

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(Chris Botti, right, will help light up the Festival).

George Wein, CEO of Festival Productions, Inc. and producer of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport, has announced the final line-up for the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport, RI, to be held August 11 – 13, 2006.

“Chris Botti, the brilliant young trumpeter whose records top the jazz charts; the McCoy Tyner Impulse Records All-Star Septet with Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, Eric Alexander, Charnett Moffett & Eric Gravatt; Jenny Scheinman, whose album was considered one of the best of the year by the New York Times; the powerhouse duo of Eddie Palmieri & Brian Lynch; and the Ron Affif Trio have been added to an already star-studded roster,â€? said Wein.  George Benson, Al Jarreau, Savion Glover, The Bad Plus and Dave Brubeck are just a few of the other artists that are part of the 52nd year of the famed Newport Jazz Festival, sponsored by JVC.

Wein, 80 years old, has produced the festival since it’s inception in 1954, added, “I’m as proud of the 2006 JVC Jazz Festival Newport as any event I’ve ever created.  It represents a total picture of what the jazz scene is in America today.â€? 

The line-up is: Friday, August 11, 2006 • International Hall of Fame • 8:00 p.m.
John Pizzarelli Big Band “Dear Mr. Sinatra� • Jane Monheit.

Saturday, August 12, 2006 • Fort Adams State Park • 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: George Benson with Michael O’Neill, Stanley Banks, David Witham, Thom Hall & Oscar Seaton • Al Jarreau with Chris Walker, Ross Bolton, Mark Simmons, Joe Turano & Larry Williams • McCoy Tyner Septet Celebrating Impulse! Records featuring Donald Harrison, Steve Turre, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Charnett Moffett & Eric Gravatt • Arturo Sandoval with Javier Concepcio, Armando Gola, Tomas Cruz, Ed Calle & Alexis Arce • Robert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer & Damion Reid • Preservation Hall Jazz Band with John Brunious, Frank Demond, Walter Payton, Darry Adams, Carl LeBlanc, Rickie Monie, Joseph Lastie & Clint Maedgen • Luciana Souza Brazilian Duos featuring Romero Lubambo • Raul Midon • Cyrus Chestnut Quartet featuring Eric Alexander, Neal Smith & Michael Hawkins • Gold Sounds performing the music of Pavement featuring Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter & Ali Jackson • Marc Ribot • Sarah Morrow Quartet with Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Chris Dave • Jenny Scheinman with Jason Moran, Jim Black & Matt Penman.

Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Fort Adams State Park • 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Chris Botti with Billy Childs, Mark Whitfield, Billy Kilson, James Genus & Jeanne Jolly • Dr. John & The Lower 911 with David Barard, Herman Ernest, III, & John Fohl • Dave Brubeck Quartet with Randy Jones, Bobby Militello & Michael Moore • Angelique Kidjo with Stephane Castry, Thierry Vaton, Latabi Diouani & Rubens de La Corte • Savion Glover & The Otherz • The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Dave King • Hiromi with Tony Grey & Martin Valihora • Avishai Cohen Trio with Sam Barsh & Mark Guilliana • Ron Affif Trio • George Wein & The Newport All-Stars featuring Howard Alden, Frank Wess, Randy Sandke, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Washington & Peter Washington • James Carter Organ Trio with Gerard Gibbs & Leonard King • Eddie Palmieri/Brian Lynch Duo • Marty Ehrlich Sextet with James Zollar, Howard Johnson, James Weidman, Brad Jones & Allison Miller •  Andy Bey Quartet with Paul Meyers, Joe Martin & Mark McLean •  Christian Scott Quartet

Tickets are on sale now via or (866) 468-7619 and at the Newport Festival Office at 770 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, RI. For office hours and more information, call (401) 847-3700. Tickets are available this year at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. To order by mail, send a check or money order for the total ticket cost plus a $4.00 handling charge per order to Festival Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 605, Newport, RI, 02840. Order forms are also available on the festival website at

JVC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality audio & video equipment, is celebrating its 23rd Year of jazz festival sponsorship. NBC 10 is the official television partner of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport. The New Yorker is the official magazine sponsor of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport. Borders is the official on-site book & music retailer of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport. WGBH/89.7 is the official Boston radio station of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport. The Bridge WJZS/99.3 FM is the official Rhode Island radio station of the JVC Jazz Festival – Newport.

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