Everything you need to know about the Newport Jazz Festival 2018
A scene from last year's festival. Photo credit: Getty Images

Every summer, Newport Rhode Island’s Fort Adams park comes alive with the Newport Jazz Festival. This legendary festival brings the best new artists of the genre while paying respects to the old guard and those who had paved the way and pushed the boundaries for one of America’s most cherished exports. Here is everything you need to know about the Newport Jazz Festival 2018.  

When is the Newport Jazz Festival 2018?

The Newport Jazz Festival will begin on Friday, August 3rd and will go all weekend ending on Sunday, August 5th.

Newport Jazz Festival 2018

Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd. Photo Credit: Blue Note Records


Newport Jazz Festival 2018 lineup

The lineup this year is a who’s who of the genre and all three nights will culminate in headlining performances from jazz saxophone legend Charles Lloyd in honor of his 80th birthday. The final night will be something truly special, as he will be performing with Alt-Country pioneer Lucinda Williams with material from the collaborative album Vanished Gardens that was released earlier this year. Like always, the Newport Jazz Festival 2018 lineup will also contain some of the younger artists in jazz as well as artists who are merely associated with it with artists like Living Colour and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic scheduled to appear. Here are the Newport Jazz Festival 2018 lineups for each night:

Newport Jazz Festival 2018 - Friday Lineup

Sangam (Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland), R+R=Now (featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson), Still Dreaming (featuring Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade),  BADBADNOTGOOD, Living Colour, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Tony Allen, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Rudresh Mahanthappa & the Indo Pak Coalition, Michel Camilo, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Alicia Olatuja, Sonnymoon, Matthew Shipp Trio, Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop Ensembles, Gabriel Royal, Cynthia Sayer Trio, Roxy Coss, Laila Biali, and “Lensing the Newport Mob: On Jazz on a Summer’s Day” hosted by Nate Chinen.

Newport Jazz Festival 2018 - Saturday Lineup

Charles Lloyd Quartet (featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland), Pat Metheny, Andra Day, Laurie Anderson & Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, Lean on Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers, Harland Mabern & Eric Alexander, Grace Kelly, Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille), Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves, Roy Hargrove, Louis Cole Big Band Blowout, Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, Charenee Wade, URI Big Band under the direction of Joe Parillo, Sara Caswell & Dave Stryker, Diego Figueiredo & Julien Labro Duo, Emmet Cohen, Estar Cohen, and the Isaiah J. Thompson Trio   

Newport Jazz Festival 2018 - Sunday Lineup

Charles Lloyd and Friends (featuring Lucinda Williams), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gregory Porter, Artemis, Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest, GoGo Penguin, James Carter Organ Trio, Black Art Jazz Collective, Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio, Nicole Mitchell’s Dusty Wings, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Jazzmeia Horn, Herlin Riley New York-Havana Connection, Nate Smith + KINFOLK, MMEA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Darcy James Argue, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo, Bill Charlap, Matthew Whitaker & Jackie Leckie Duo, Micah Thomas, and Helen Sung on Tap.  

How much are tickets to the Newport Jazz Festival 2018?

Tickets are still available to the Newport Jazz Festival 2018. If you are looking to go for the whole weekend, three-day general admission tickets will cost you $170. Two-day general admission will cost $145. Single day tickets will vary, costing adults $65 on Friday and $89 for Saturday and Sunday. Students will be charged $20 and children will be charged $15 for single-day tickets all weekend long.  

You will have the option to upgrade your tickets for an additional $125 to ensure reserved seating. But if you really want to go all out, you can opt for the “THE Jazz Club” ticket option that will give you access to exclusive viewing areas, parking, complimentary snacks and exclusive cash bars, and Newport Jazz Festival 2018 swag. Those tickets will cost you $375 per day.

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