- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Cassandra Wilson and Dr. John are among the biggest names playing this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.

Festival producer George Wein (WEEN) announced the lineup Tuesday for the festival, to be held July 31 through Aug. 2. This will be the 61st anniversary of the festival.

Other performers include Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the band Snarky Puppy, composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider and 11-year old Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander.

Wein is being awarded a special Grammy this year for outstanding contributions to the music industry beyond performance. He founded the jazz festival in 1954, and later the Newport Folk Festival.

Tickets go on sale Thursday.

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