Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Dave Brubeck Celebrates 90th Birthday as Special Guest with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet
at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 8
NEWPORT, RI, July 14, 2010 - Dave Brubeck has been thrilling fans in Newport for more than half his life, and George Wein is proud to announce that the legendary pianist is returning to the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival to celebrate his 90th birthday as a special guest with his friend Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, August 8.
Making a unique appearance with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Brubeck comes to Newport fresh from a performance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, where the festival's 15th anniversary is dedicated in his honor.
"I am pleased to welcome Dave back to Newport once again. He performed at the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, at our 50th anniversary in 2004, last year when CareFusion took over sponsorship and many years in between," said Wein. "The atmosphere of love that Dave Brubeck generates completely fills the beautiful harbor, and like last year's festival surprise when Dave played a tune with Tony Bennett, a memorable piece of musical history will be made."
Dave Brubeck, designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, continues to be one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spans over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation. He celebrates his 90th birthday on December 6, 2010.
Sponsored by CareFusion, a leading medical device company, and produced by George Wein's New Festival Productions, LLC, the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival takes over Newport, RI, August 6 - 8 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park. In addition to Wynton Marsalis with special guest Dave Brubeck, the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival also features Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride & Roy Haynes; Ahmad Jamal, Chris Botti; Jamie Cullum; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; and many more.
TICKETS & OTHER INFORMATION
All tickets for the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival are available on-line, by phone and at the Festival office at 22 Broadway in Newport Tuesdays and Fridays Noon - 4:00 pm, Thursdays 2:00 - 7:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
General admission tickets (single-day passes only) also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America's Cup Avenue. Festival tickets are available on-line at www.ticketmaster.com or by telephone at 1-800-745-3000. Service charges apply.
For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055. For more information, log on to www.newportjazzfest.net.
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Carolyn McClair PR