Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals return

KEN FRANCKLING, UPI Entertainment Writer

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Singer Sarah Vaughan, trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Freddie Hubbard and pianist McCoy Tyner will headline this year's reincarnation of the Newport Jazz Festival, producer George Wein says.

The JVC Jazz Festival-Newport, scheduled Aug. 17 and 18 at Fort Adams State Park, will follow by two weeks the revival of Wein's old Newport Folk Festival, which was last held in the seaport in 1969.


'It feels like old times, having both the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals back once again,' Wein said at a news conference Tuesday. 'One of the greatest thrills in my entire life was the Newport Folk Festival, and to start it once again is a dream come true.'

Veterans returning for the Folk Festival, scheduled Aug. 4 and 5, will include Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Dave Van Ronk and Tom Paxton.

Both the jazz and folk events will include a number of newcomers to Newport.

In addition to Vaughan and Hubbard, the Saturday, Aug. 17 billing includes the fusion group Spyro Gyra, guitarist John McLaughlin's revived Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Hubbard will perform with a festival all-star group comprised of alto saxophonist Richie Cole, bassist Buster Williams, pianist Cedar Walton and drummer Billy Hart.


The Aug. 18 lineup includes Tyner, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marsalis' quartet, the adventursome David Murray Octet, and guitarist Lee Ritenour. Tyner's quartet will include Avery Sharpe, Louis Hayes and saxophonist Arthur Blythe.

Additional performers for the Folk Festival include the folk vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Peter Rowan, David Mallett, David Massengill, the New Grass Revival, Bill Morrissey, Greg Brown, Mimi Farina, and country-bluegrass players Bill Keith, Mark O'Connor and Jim Rooney.

This year's folk festival is patterned after Newport events of the 1960s that were a career launching pad for Collins, Guthrie, Baez and others. Newport also was the place that Bob Dylan first plugged his guitar into a wall in 1965.

The Newport Folk Festivals were held from 1963 through 1969. The 1970 event was canceled because of rowdiness at the 1969 jazz festival. The 1971 folk festival was canceled on short notice when another riot prematurely ended the jazz festival and sent it packing to New York City.

The folk festival will run from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $18 at the gate.

The jazz festival will run from noon to 6 p.m., on Aug. 17 and 18, with tickets listed at $19 in advance, $22 at the gate.


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