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Aretha Franklin To Headline Saturday Night

July 21, 2008

NEWPORT, RI – Festival Network (FN) is proud to announce that renowned
soul recording artist Aretha Franklin will headline this year’s JVC Jazz Festival Newport on
Saturday, August 9 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. Franklin joins an all-star line-up
of jazz artists and other musicians including Sonny Rollins, Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock and
Wayne Shorter. Tickets are on sale now at or via phone at
(877) 655-4TIX.

In addition to Franklin’s performance, Melody Gardot, a newly signed Verve artist, has been
added to the Saturday line-up. Though the individual performances make this year’s event one of
the most highly anticipated jazz festivals in years, it’s the incredible on-stage collaborations that
will make it truly memorable. Some planned collaborations include three jazz greats – Charlie
Haden, Bill Frisell and Ethan Iverson – who are joining forces for the first time on Saturday,
August 9. Also on Saturday, there will be a special encore of the all-star quartet Dave Holland,
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland, who made their legendary debut last year at
the Monterey Jazz Festival.

“We are very excited to have a musical legend like Aretha Franklin headlining the JVC Jazz
Festival Newport, one of our most important events,” said Tom Shepard, CEO of Festival
Network. “Her poise and passionately powerful voice exemplifies the level of quality we strive
to achieve at all of our festivals.”

The 2008 JVC Jazz Festival Newport continues a legacy begun in 1954, when George Wein
launched the modern music festival era with the first Newport Jazz Festival. Over the decades
the event has become an integral thread in the fabric of jazz music, the name itself synonymous
with some of the greatest performances in the genre’s long history. With memories of past
festival performances by the likes of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Ornette
Coleman, each year promises a chance to witness history on the stage.

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