Black artists headline Newport jazz festival

Mos Def

Mos Def

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 (for 55th year) in Newport, Rhode Island, August 7, 8, and 9, features a far more diverse lineup than in years past. Black, Latin, and Asian artists will perform on the same stage as legends Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck. Etta James, Branford Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, and Mos Def (and his Watermelon Syndicate) are scheduled to perform, along with lesser known African-American artists and bands, including James Carter, Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.

Visit the festival’s official web site for more details and tickets:

Worth checking out!

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