Newport Jazz Festival 2020 Initial Lineup: Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Khruangbin, Cory Wong and More

February 11, 2020
Newport Jazz Festival 2020 Initial Lineup: Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Khruangbin, Cory Wong and More

The Newport Jazz Festival has announced the initial lineup for its 66th edition. The performers, curated by Artistic Director Christian McBride, include headliners Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Diana Krall. The festival will take place August 7-9 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I.

In addition to the top billers, Newport will also see performances by trio Khruangbin, drummer Makaya McCraven, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and pop-funk guitarist Cory Wong. In addition, there will be a residency by Robert Glasper, and Christian McBride himself will perform with A Christian McBride situation.

“This year’s Newport Jazz Festival continues the tradition of presenting jazz, as George Wein would say, ‘from J to Z,'” said McBride via press release. “For three days in August, all eyes and ears in the jazz world focus on what happens at Newport. It’s a thrill to present everyone from the great Wynton Marsalis, who’s making his first appearance at the festival in 9 years, to Diana Krall, who’s making her first appearance at the festival in over 20 years… There’s just way too many great artists to name. Just make sure you come. You won’t be disappointed!”

Tickets to the Newport Jazz Festival are on sale now and can be purchased here. For more information, head to, and check out the full first wave lineup below!

Newport Jazz Festival Initial Lineup 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
Norah Jones
Jimmy Cliff
Robert Glasper
A Christian McBride Situation
Chris Potter Circuits Trio
Nicholas Payton
Catherine Russell
The History of Jazz
Tuba Skinny
Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks
David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Mike Davis’ The New Wonders
Colin Hancock & His Signature Seven

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Wynton Marsalis
Angélique Kidjo’s Remain In Light
Robert Glasper
Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits
Makaya McCraven
Nate Smith + KINFOLK
The Jazz Gallery All-Star
The Comet is Coming
Arturo/Zack/Adam O’Farrill Quintet
Michela Marino Lerman – Love Movement
Miguel Zenón Quartet

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Diana Krall
Robert Glasper
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Joe Lovano “Trio Tapestry”
Cory Wong
The Soul Rebels
Jeff “Tain” Watts
Nubya Garcia
Warren Wolf and Wolfpack

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