By Ted Nesi
PBN Web Editor
NEWPORT â€“ Jamie Cullum, Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti are among the big names who will visit the City by the Sea in August for the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival, longtime organizer George Wein said Tuesday.
The annual event, now in its 56th year, is scheduled for Aug. 6 to 8. Other performers will include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Bob Brookmeyer.
CareFusion Corp., a San Diego-based medical products company, began sponsoring the jazz festivals in Newport and elsewhere around the world last year. Wein, who produced the original Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, said he was grateful for the companyâ€™s continued support.
â€śThere is nothing like celebrating jazz in Newport,â€ť he said in a statement. â€śItâ€™s fun, itâ€™s a gorgeous setting and thereâ€™s sure to be more than a few memorable moments throughout the three days.â€ť
Wein sold his company, Festival Productions, to a firm called the Festival Network in 2007, but eventually broke ties with the company.
Wein then formed a new firm, New Festival Productions LLC, to produce both the jazz festival and its sister event, the Newport Folk Festival, which this year is scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 1.
Tickets for the jazz festival go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and on the festivalâ€™s Web site. For more information, call (401) 848-5055.
The artists scheduled to appear this yearâ€™s Newport Jazz Festival are:
Friday, Aug. 6
Saturday, Aug. 7
Sunday, Aug. 8
Additional information is available at newportjazzfest.net.