JVC Jazz Festival

JVC Jazz Festival

Mid-August
Known for many years as the Newport Jazz Festival, this event was moved to New York in 1972 and later returned to Newport, Rhode Island, as the JVC Jazz Festival. One of the most important jazz festivals in the world, it features legendary jazz performers as well as up-and-coming new stars and some of the most outstanding big bands, jazz combos, and instrumental and vocal soloists in the country. Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughan have performed there, as have Wynton Marsalis and Spyro Gyra. The first evening's event is usually held at the Newport Casino in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Subsequent concerts during the three-day festival are held outdoors in Fort Adams State Park, where visitors are encouraged to picnic and relax on the lawn as they listen.
Festival Productions also sponsors JVC Jazz Festivals in other cities worldwide from spring through autumn.
CONTACTS:
Festival Network
Pier 35-The Embarcadero, Ste. 201
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-503-9914
www.festivalnetwork.com
SOURCES:
MusFestAmer-1990, p. 200
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