Newport Jazz Festival Celebrates 2011 Schedule and New Sponsor Alex and Ani

Festival highlights include Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Esperanza Spalding, Angelique Kidjo, Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, Hiromi, Eddie Palmieri and more!

Mar 22, 2011, 06:18 ET from Newport Jazz Festival

NEWPORT, R.I., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. today announced the support of a new sponsor, Alex and Ani, and the schedule of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, which is set for August 5 - 7. Tickets go on sale worldwide March 25, at 10:00 am through TicketMaster and

Rhode Island jewelry designer and manufacturer Alex and Ani join the ranks of dedicated corporate sponsors to help continue the legacy of the Newport Jazz Festival. Headquartered in Cranston, RI, with its flagship store at Newport's Bowen's Wharf, the company will sponsor the Harbor Stage at Fort Adams State Park on August 6 - 7.

"An important part of the mission of the Newport Festivals Foundation, which produces the Newport Jazz Festival, is to recognize that jazz is an ever-evolving art form," said George Wein, President of the Foundation and producer of the Festival since its inception in 1954. "By presenting adventurous younger artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon, Avishai and Anat Cohen, Hiromi, Trombone Shorty and John Hollenbeck along with veterans Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Al Di Meola, Charles Lloyd, Randy Weston, Michel Camilo and so many others, we are making the start to fulfilling that mission."

The Newport Jazz Festival features Michael Feinstein "Come Fly with Me" with Special Guest Joe Negri plus Wynton Marsalis on Friday, August 5, 8:00 pm at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

On Saturday, August 6, 11:30 am - 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park on Harrison Avenue, catch Wynton Marsalis; Esperanza Spalding & Friends I; Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band; Al Di Meola World Sinfonia; Michel Camilo "Mano a Mano" with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores; Hiromi; Mujeres De Agua by Javier Limon 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; and New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

The Festival continues at Fort Adams State Park on Sunday, August 7, 11:30 - 7:00 pm, with Esperanza Spalding & Friends II; Angelique Kidjo; James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman & Eric Harland; Hiromi: The Trio Project; Charles Lloyd with Guest Zakir Hussain; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Mingus Big Band; Ravi Coltrane Quartet; Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio; Miguel Zenon's Alma Adentro with Conductor/Arranger Guillermo Klein; John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with Guest Uri Caine; Avishai Cohen's Triveni with Guest Anat Cohen; Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green; and Brubeck Brothers.

All Tickets are available online, by phone and by mail. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.

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