First wave of acts announced for California’s Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Festival organisers are excited to announce the first wave of artists for the 25th Anniversary of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival! Join them on May 29-31 for a weekend of world-class Jazz, R&B, and Soul music led by GRAMMY Award-winning singer ANTHONY HAMILTON, East Bay Soul legends TOWER OF POWER, chart-topping Contemporary Jazz group THE RIPPINGTONS featuring Russ Freeman, powerhouse Soul and Gospel vocalist AVERY*SUNSHINE, and many more to be announced!

Proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor ANTHONY HAMILTON has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. His raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He appeared in American Gangster and lent his voice to “Freedom” from the Academy® Award-nominated Django Unchained.

Horn-driven, funk / soul superstars, TOWER OF POWER have been issuing albums and touring the world steadily since 1968. They are now roaring into their unprecedented 50th Anniversary with a dynamic album of all new material, and you can expect to be singing along to their classic hits including “What Is Hip” and “You’re Still A Young Man.”

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GRAMMY Award-nominated contemporary jazz group, THE RIPPINGTONS (featuring Russ Freeman), have passed the thirty year mark and continue to innovate. The group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Jazziz Magazine deemed their debut album, “Moonlighting”, the “number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time.”

Internationally-touring Soul, R&B, and Gospel singer AVERY*SUNSHINE performs life-inspired songs meant to spread joy and encouragement and to honor both human and spiritual relationships. With chart-topping hits like “Call My Name” and a new album entitled “Twenty Sixty Four”, she is certainly one to watch!