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Newport Jazz Festival announces 2023 lineup, including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall and Jon Batiste

Herbie Hancock at the Newport Jazz Festival
Jonathan Chimene
Herbie Hancock

The storied Newport Jazz Festival, now in its 69th year, has announced much of the talent lineup for the festival that will be held Aug. 4-6, 2023 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. The list of performers includes a mix of nearly every genre of jazz or “jazz-adjacent.” High-profile headliners include Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Jon Batiste, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, DJ Pee. Wee (Anderson.Paak) and Samara Joy. Artistic director Christian McBride will appear with the Moodswing Reunion band featuring Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade, as well as lead his Jam Jawn that features surprise special guests. The list of performers features a mix of noted jazz veterans such as Charles Lloyd, Charles McPherson, Kurt Elling and Bill Charlap and emerging artists like Lakecia Benjamin, Immanuel Wilkins, Butcher Brown and Endea Owens.

The complete lineup is listed below.

Specially priced 3-day tickets went on sale today through March 23, when all ticket types will be available, starting at 1 pm ET. For more information, visit the festival’s website newportjazz.org.

As in past years, WBGO will be organizing bus trips from the NYC metro area to the Newport Jazz Festival. Learn more here.


Friday, August 4
Joe Russo's Almost Dead with Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington
DJ Pee .Wee (Anderson .Paak)
DOMi & JD Beck
Immanuel Wilkins Quartet
Big Freedia
Alfa Mist
Butcher Brown
Endea Owens & The Cookout
Lakecia Benjamin and Phoenix
Julius Rodriguez

Saturday, August 5
Jon Batiste
Big Gigantic Does Jazz
Christian McBride's Jam Jawn
Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily
Julian Lage
Superblue: Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter with Nate Smith & Huntertones Horns
Orrin Evans Quintet
The War and Treaty
Keyon Harrold
James Brandon Lewis

Sunday, August 6 
Herbie Hancock
Diana Krall
Samara Joy
Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade: A Moodswing Reunion
Scary Goldings featuring John Scofield
Cautious Clay
Pedrito Martinez
Bill Charlap Trio
Charles McPherson Quintet

Read Nate Chinen's report on the 2022 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival.

For over 27 years, Lee Mergner served as an editor and publisher of JazzTimes until his resignation in January 2018. Thereafter, Mergner continued to regularly contribute features, profiles and interviews to the publication as a contributing editor for the next 4+ years. JazzTimes, which has won numerous ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards for music journalism, was founded in 1970 and was described by the All Music Guide, as “arguably the finest jazz magazine in the world.”