Check out these artists to gear up for next week’s Newport Jazz Festival

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  • Published on July 22, 2022
  • Last Updated March 10, 2023
  • In Events

Beyond bringing soulful jazz sounds to Rhode Island, this festival gives back to the community by supporting jazz artists in other ways.

Trumpet strains come alive when carried on salt air and sea breeze, harmonizing to create the ideal multisensory setting to greet attendees of the Newport Jazz Festival. The set list is curated with the event’s signature balance of straight-ahead jazz played by the artists at the zenith of the genre, and those whose musical contributions can be attributed to the greater jazz diaspora, veering into genres like soul and R&B. Highlights in the former category include beloved bassist Esperanza Spalding, while the second is populated by stars like Norah Jones, with genre-bending jazz fusion artists like BadBadNotGood and Sons of Kemet spanning the middleground. Artists like Sampa the Great and Digable Planets round out the offerings in the jazz-inspired genres like hip-hop.

The festival’s execution is undergirded by their year-round music development efforts. In 2020, with the onset of the pandemic, the festival established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund to help support artists in the jazz and folk genres around Rhode Island. This year, those efforts have expanded to include a partnership with the Rainey Day Fund, an organization that helps support BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled artists. Already three awardees have been chosen to receive disbursements from the fund this year. Other activities of the Newport Festivals Foundation include instrument donations, school performances and support for musical education.

This story was originally published July 22, 2022 9:00 AM.

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