Newport Jazz Festival to add 3rd day of music to mark 60th anniversary; focus on emerging acts

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, Natalie Cole performs at the opening night of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. The festival will expand to three full days of performances in 2014 to celebrate it's 60th anniversary. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)

NEWPORT, R.I. - The Newport Jazz Festival is adding a third day of music to mark its 60th anniversary.

George Wein (ween), producer of one of the world's top jazz festivals, said Wednesday that new and emerging jazz acts will be featured during the day on Friday, Aug. 1. Previously, the festival would kick off on a Friday night then continue for the weekend.

The additional day of music is funded in part by a $40,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Among the acts to be featured Friday will be saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and avant garde composer John Zorn. Wein says while Zorn is an established artist, he has recently emerged as an icon.

Ticket sales for the Aug. 1 daytime inaugural event start Thursday.

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