The first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 set the formula for all major jazz festivals to follow. Popular artists were the attractions that sold tickets.

But it was the important unsung jazz heroes from the traditional to avant-garde that attracted the critics and gave the festival an artistic credibility.



In 1954, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Gene Krupa, George Shearing and Billie Holiday were popular jazz artists of the day.

The program included tributes and reunions, which are commonplace nowadays.

The ceremonial Newport Jazz Festival Friday evening concert will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.

The venue is an open air stadium with a combination of covered and uncovered seating. Tickets sell out very quickly for this event, which is held rain or shine.


2017 line-up

The 2017 line-up will be announced at a later date.

One of the park system’s national treasures, Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views.

The festival at the Fort features 4 stages of music, food and crafts, two beer and wine gardens and a number of displays.

Festival is held rain or shine.

Newport plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival (where Bob Dylan infamously “went electric” in 1965), the Newport International Film Festival and the Newport International Boat Show.

The New Year is here and 2017 Early Bird 3-Day and 2-Day Passes are now available! The Early Bird 3-Day Pass is the best deal we offer at $ 155.00. It’s good for Adult General Admission to all three days at Fort Adams.

Early Bird 2-Day Passes (good for Saturday and Sunday only at Fort Adams) are also on sale now for $ 120.00.

Other 2017 ticket types go on sale January 18th including reserved seating and The Jazz Club. Stay tuned for artist announcements also beginning January 18th.

2017 line-up (more to follow):

The original Bela Fleek and The Flecktones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, One For All, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, Snarky Puppy, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Dominick Farinacci, Antonio Sanchez and Migration, Andra Day, Hudson and Sean Jones Quintet.

Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840.

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