Newport Jazz Festival began back in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind completely and utterly devoted to Jazz. That year brought big names in the genre like the famedBilly HolidayandElla Fitzgerald. In the 61 years since, the festival hasproduced some of the most influential performances in jazz history, fromMiles Davis's 1955 solo on "'Round Midnight" and the Duke Ellington Orchestra's lengthy 1956 performance of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." And just the same, we're sure 2016 will bring no shortage of inspirational appearances. Here is the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival lineup so far. Flex tickets are currently on sale for $59, gaining you general admission access to the festival on any day of your choosing from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. General admission tickets go on sale January 21 with Friday tickets at $49 and Saturday and Sunday tickets at $79. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 800-875-3000 or in person at The Newport Visitor Center. Stay tuned to Newport Jazz Festival on Facebook for additional names announced leading up to January 21 when tickets officially go on sale.

  • Kamasi Washington
  • Peter Apfelbaum and Sparkler
    • This performance will mark Peter's festival debut as a bandleader and will include a special commission piece made possible by the George Wein / Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artistic Programming Fund.
  • Tierney Sutton's "After Blue" - The Joni MitchellProject
    • AGrammy-nominated tribute that hits home for Newport Jazz Fest given Joni's connection to Newport through her early performances at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • Chick Corea
    • The Chick Corea Trilogy will be performing Friday night at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Saturday afternoon (7/30) at Fort Adams. Chick will also be appearing at the Saturday evening Gala.
  • Mos Eisley Cantina Band
    • As part of a new, intergalactic music exchange program.
  • The Westerlies
    • The Westerlies willperformon the Storyville Stage at Fort Adams. As JazzTimes writes of this brass quartet: "Take note of these players. You'll be hearing more from them soon."
  • Anglique Kidjo
    • Her album "Sings"was recently nominated for a Grammy.
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
    • Marking their fourth performance at Newport Jazz, this Brooklyn ensemble will be sharing selections from their brand new work, Real Enemies.
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements
    • Coleman is a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Awardee, a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards recipient, and his latest album, Synovial Joints, joined NPR Music's year-end best list.
  • Tyshawn Sorey
    • Performing a commissioned work made possible by the George Wein / Doris Duke Artistic Programming Fund.
  • Jos James
    • If you missed his Quad Stage performance last year, rest easy, because he'll be returning to Newport in 2016. Back by popular demand.
  • Sullivan Fortner
    • A pianist whose performances, as The New York Times notes, "draw from Baroque forms and the processional cadence of New Orleans, his hometown..." Sullivan will be making his Newport debut as a bandleader and presenting a composition commissioned by the George Wein/Doris Duke Artistic Programming Fund.
  • Kneebody
    • From their Quad Stage debut in 2015, to their workshop participation at The Jazz Camp at Newport (in collaboration with Newport Festivals Foundation, University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University), Kneebody is part of the festival family.