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Newport Festivals Foundation

Newport Festivals Foundation
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n 1954, Louis and Elaine Lorillard, jazz fans and frequent visitors to George Wein’s Storyville jazz club in Boston’s Copley Hotel, asked the jazz impresario to produce a jazz event in Newport to bring more excitement to the resort area’s summer season. Instead of simply presenting a concert, George decided to offer a jazz festival, similar to the outdoor classical events produced at Tanglewood. The Newport Jazz Festival(r) became the first jazz festival in America and started an era that has

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