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Newport Jazz Festival

early August – Newport, Rhode Island

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA The Newport Jazz Festival® was the first annual jazz festival in America

This jazz festival attracts thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.

In 1954, Louis and Elaine Lorillard, jazz fans and frequent visitors to George Wein's Storyville jazz club in Boston's Copley Hotel, asked the jazz impresario to produce a jazz event in Newport to bring more excitement to the resort area's summer season.

Instead of simply presenting a concert, George decided to offer a jazz festival, similar to the outdoor classical events produced at Tanglewood.

The Newport Jazz Festival® became the first annual jazz festival in America and started an era that has inspired jazz and music events around the world, including the Newport Folk Festival, which was founded in 1959.

From 1954 to 1960, the Jazz Festival was produced by the non-profit Newport Jazz Festival Board, with Louis Lorillard as its president. The Board also produced the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and 1960. After a brief hiatus, George returned to Newport in 1962 to present the Jazz Festival through his own company; the Folk Festival came back in 1963. George is pleased to return the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival to their roots as non-profit events, ensuring that the Festivals will be a part of Newport's, and the world's, musical history in perpetuity. Both Festivals will now be produced under the umbrella of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a newly-formed 501© (3) organization. The events will still be produced by George Wein and his veteran staff.

The Newport Jazz Festival is the scene of Miles Davis' resurgences in 1955 and again in 1984 and Duke Ellington's historical 1956 comeback. Over the years, every major jazz artist has performed at the festival, including Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday as well as contemporary artists including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Diana Krall.

Referred to as a Mecca of jazz, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.

The Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management takes over the City-by-the-Sea early in August, featuring established and up-and-coming artists on three stages at historic Fort Adams State Park as well at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.

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Indiana State Fair
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Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
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International Bar-B-Q Festival
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Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
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World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
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North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
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Carolina Cup

South Dakota
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Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
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Washington State International Kite Festival
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Milwaukee Irish Fest
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