Festival producer George Wein announced the lineup Tuesday for the festival, to be held July 31 through Aug. 2. This will be the 61st anniversary of the festival.
Wein is being awarded a special Grammy this year for outstanding contributions to the music industry beyond performance. He founded the jazz festival in 1954, and later the Newport Folk Festival.
Wein, a jazz-pianist-turned-impresario, came up with the idea for the festival after Newport socialite Elaine Lorillard complained to him that the summer scene in the resort with its Gilded Age mansions was “terribly boring” and needed some jazz to liven things up. Her tobacco-heir husband, Louis Lorillard, put up $20,000 to hold the event despite hostility from some locals.
Tickets for this year’s event go on sale Thursday.