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The 2011 Newport Jazz Festival is all about Esperanza Spalding

Posted by Steve Greenlee  March 22, 2011 10:05 AM

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lippman_01spalding19_arts.jpgThe Newport Jazz Festival should be renamed the Esperanza Spalding Jazz Festival.

Fresh off winning the Grammy for best new artist, the jazz bassist and vocalist is set to be the big attraction at the annual jazz festival in Rhode Island, the premier event of its kind in the United States. At the ripe old age of 26, the Berklee College of Music graduate and instructor will be playing the Newport fest for the fourth time.

The festival -- which also has a new sponsor, the jewelry maker Alex and Ani -- takes place Aug. 5-7. Ticket information is available at

Here's the complete lineup:


Friday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

Michael Feinstein with Special Guest Joe Negri
Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, Aug. 6 (11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park)

Wynton Marsalis 
Esperanza Spalding & Friends I
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Al Di Meola World Sinfonia
Michel Camilo with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores
Mujeres De Agua by Javier Limón featuring Buika
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Grace Kelly with special guest Phil Woods
Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
New Black Eagle Jazz Band


Sunday, Aug. 7 (11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park)

Esperanza Spalding & Friends II
Angélique Kidjo
James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland
Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips
Charles Lloyd with special guest Zakir Hussain
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Mingus Big Band
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio
Miguel Zenón presents the Puerto Rican songbook 
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guest Uri Caine
Avishai Cohen’s Triveni with special guests Joshua Redman and Anat Cohen
Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green
Brubeck Brothers
Berklee College of Music All Stars

(Photo by Elizabeth Lippman for The Boston Globe)


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