June 16, 2008 21:57

Aretha Franklin set to headline Newport Jazz Festival

Queen of Soul will join Herbie Hancock and more

Aretha Franklin set to headline Newport Jazz Festival
Aretha Franklin is set to headline this year's Newport Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place on August 9 in Newport, RI.

The Queen of Soul will join jazz saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Chris Botti and legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock at the event.

The ensemble will play across two venues, the International Tennis Hall Of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park.

The Newport Jazz Festival, launched in 1954, has seen performances from greats including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Ray Charles.



--By our New York staff.
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