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Newport Jazz Festival Radio Special


Starting Friday, July 24, and running for the three weekends, join Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride for a special radio edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, with historic archival sets from Newport’s rich 65 year history. McBride, who also serves as the Artistic Director of the festival, has hand-picked a dream festival lineup for the three-part program. 

“There’s a goldmine here – a plethora of riches,” says McBride of the music in the special – which includes scorching sets from the early years through the modern age of the festival.

Enjoy rare recordings from Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, and more with captivating stories and that Newport charm.

Don't miss any of the specials! Click the date and time to add to your calendar.


Part 1: Friday, July 24, 11PM & Saturday, July 25, 6PM

Part 2: Friday, July 31, 11PM & Saturday, August 1, 6PM

Part 3: Friday, August 7, 11PM & Saturday, August 8, 6PM

In her time as Marketing Manager for “the galaxy’s greatest jazz station” (Tim Heffernan, Esquire), Brandy has overseen a rebranding of the NPR affiliate, created a social media presence for the organization and partnered with event producers, venues and other media outlets to help strengthen connections with longtime listeners as well as reach out to new audiences.