Pianist Chick Corea heads Newport, Rhode Island jazz festival’s lineup


NEWPORT, Rhode Island — Pianist Chick Corea, who turns 75 this summer, will be celebrating the milestone with his all-star trio at the nation’s oldest jazz festival.

Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein announced the lineup on Tuesday, with more than 50 musicians and bands performing July 29-31, a Friday through Sunday, in the seaside resort.

Corea’s Trilogy, with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, and vocalist Gregory Porter will share the bill at the Friday night concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and appear again on the Saturday at Fort Adams State Park.

Among those making their Newport Jazz Festival debuts will be Los Angeles-based saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who emerged from obscurity last year with his three-CD Coltrane-inspired, soulful jazz-crossover album “The Epic” and as a key contributor to Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-nominated hip-hop opus “To Pimp a Butterfly.” He will perform on the Friday and the Sunday at Fort Adams.