Newport Jazz Festival Tickets
Newport Jazz Festival tickets
If jazz is your thing, you haven't truly experienced jazz until you hit the "granddaddy of all jazz festivals the world over." Since it began in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has seen the greats of jazz giving historic performances and witnessed the rising stars of the jazz legends of tomorrow.
Newport Jazz Festival history
The Newport Jazz Festival was the first such festival held in America. Since the initial bars of jazz rang out at the festival in 1954, it has been the site of historic performances by such jazz icons as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Nina Simone. Although multiple recordings exist of live performances at Newport, nothing captures the true heart of these great jazz sounds like being there in person.
Newport Jazz Festival began as founder George Wein's way to show respect for contemporary jazz and jazz musicians. The festival was a time when musicians could present their jazz unabashedly and unadulterated to an adoring audience.
Newport itself was not thrilled with hosting the festival at first. The upper-class socialites of the town were unsure about the influx of crowds of young people looking to start a musical revolution. So many came to those early festivals that a large number, mostly students, had to sleep in the open, with and without tents, because of a lack of accommodations. (Not a problem anymore.)
This outdoor jazz festival is the country's most famous. It is a jazz extravaganza that plays out over three days at Rhode Island's Newport Harbor each year. The three-day span of the festival gives listeners the opportunity to hear the best and brightest jazz musicians, live and in person. That's more jazz than most people will have the privilege of hearing in a lifetime!
Newport Jazz Festival experience
When you purchase Newport Jazz Festival tickets, you're buying a three-day experience that will immerse you in both traditional and modern New Orleans-style jazz, bebop, modal and swing. Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. produces the event, which is held at historic landmarks in Newport: Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino.
The festival begins in an open-air venue on Newport Jazz Friday at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Cocktail Party at the Newport Casino, which includes hors d'oeuvres and an open bar along with music, of course, precedes the start of the evening concert.
When you're ready for a stroll, you'll find an abundance of attractions in Newport, Rhode Island. A craft market near the festival venue showcases the art and wares of local artisans and craftsmen of all mediums. If liquid art is more your thing, there are two beer gardens that offer samplings of craft beers and wines.
Should you be unable to find a local restaurant to your liking, the foundation has your back. Food trucks and purveyors of decadent treats and casual snacks abound for festival goers to enjoy.
Newport Jazz Festival tickets go quickly
If you get left behind in the rush for Newport Jazz Festival tickets, don't despair. There are similar festivals you may enjoy checking out: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest.