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George Wein Announces Line-up for 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented by NGAM
(Published: March 13, 2012)

Newport Festivals Foundation™ Celebrates Proud History of Newport Jazz Festival®
with Jazz Stars of Today and Tomorrow, Secure with a Three-Year Contract with Natixis Global Asset Management Returning as Presenting Sponsor

Tickets on Sale March 15 at 10:00 am at www.newportjazzfest.net

NEWPORT, RI, March 13, 2012 - George Wein, producer and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival® and Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation™ today announced the program for the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management to be held in Newport, RI August 3 - 5 at historic Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.

Wein also announced that Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), who launched their global musical initiative with the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, will return as the festival's presenting sponsor for three additional years.

Veterans Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell and others share the festival billing with relative newcomers Miguel Zenón, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue, Dafnis Prieto, John Hollenbeck and others. In addition, award-winning artists Dianne Reeves and Tedeschi Trucks Band will be a major part of the festival, along with Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling and Joe Lovano.

"We are pleased that NGAM will again join us as we build upon the legacy of our annual celebration of jazz, " said Wein. "In keeping with our mission that jazz is an ever evolving art form, we have produced a festival that features many of the younger artists that represent what jazz is today and tomorrow along with hall of fame veterans that have made jazz the great music that it is."

"The multi-year partnership that NGAM has forged with the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival and impresario George Wein will provide an excellent platform to foster creativity, diversity and collaboration between artists, communities and businesses, " said John T. Hailer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Global Asset Management - The Americas & Asia. "This is the second year we have partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival and we are pleased that the 2012 festival's focus on young musicians aligns well with our commitment to provide more opportunities for talented music students from countries all over the world."

The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management features Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams; Dianne Reeves; Jack DeJohnette's 70th Birthday Celebration featuring his Quintet and an All-Star group performing two sets; Bill Frisell - John Lennon Songbook; Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints; The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell; James Carter Organ Trio with Special Guests Rodney Jones and Miche Braden; Dafnis Prieto Sextet; 3 Clarinets: Ken Peplowski, Evan Christopher, Anat Cohen; Christian McBride's Inside Straight; John Ellis & Double-Wide; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society; and Pedrito Martinez Group on Saturday, August 4, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, on three unique stages at Fort Adams State Park.

On Sunday, August 5, the music continues at Fort Adams at 11:00 am with the Tedeschi Trucks Band; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Jason Moran and the Bandwagon; Kurt Elling; Miguel Zenón's Rayuela; Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi; Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke with special guest Becca Stevens; John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + 1 featuring Theo Bleckmann; 3 Cohens: Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen; Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks; Lewis Nash Quintet featuring Jeremy Pelt and Jimmy Greene; Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project; and Berklee Global Jazz Institute Sextet.

The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday, August 3, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Artists and ticket information for this concert will be announced at a later date.


Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 am at www.newportjazzfest.net, by phone and by mail. A limited number of general admission adult two-day passes are available now for $ 135.00 for Saturday and Sunday. Single day general admission adult tickets are $74.00 in advance and $84.00 at the gate, if available. Children's tickets for ages 3 - 15 are $15.00 per day. Children under 3 are free. Parking passes are also available on-line for $12.00. Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone.

Premium Seating tickets for Fort Adams concerts are available for $125.00 per day. Reserved Seating is $90.00. The Reserved/Premium Seating Section has been re-designed. The area in front of the stage will be returned to the general admission audience. A new, wider Reserved Section has been created with easy access from the road and better sightlines. There will be fewer seats than in past years; early purchase is recommended for the best selection.

Single day general admission tickets also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America's Cup Avenue. Visit www.gonewport.com for Visitor Center office hours and information.

There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055. For more information, log on to www.newportjazzfest.net or www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.


About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.

Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is one of the 15 largest asset managers in the world based on assets under management.1 Its affiliated asset management companies provide investment products that seek to enhance and protect the wealth and retirement assets of both institutional and individual investor clients. Its proprietary distribution network helps package and deliver its affiliates' products around the world. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers based in Europe, the United States and Asia to offer a wide spectrum of equity, fixed-income and alternative investment strategies.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.'s assets under management totaled $706 billion (€544 billion) as of December 31, 2011. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is part of Natixis. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.'s affiliated investment management firms and distribution and service groups include: Absolute Asia Asset Management; AEW Capital Management; AEW Europe; AlphaSimplex Group; Aurora Investment Management; Capital Growth Management; Caspian Capital Management; Darius Capital Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers; H2O Asset Management; Hansberger Global Investors; Harris Associates; IDFC Asset Management Company; Loomis, Sayles & Company; Natixis Asset Management; Natixis Multimanager; Ossiam; Reich & Tang Asset Management; Snyder Capital Management; and Vaughan Nelson Investment Management.

1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2011, based on December 31, 2010 AUM of $713 billion.

The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build up and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

*Artists Subject to change

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*The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival® is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, under license from Festival Productions, Inc. and George Wein; all rights reserved.

More Information: http://www.newportjazzfest.net

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