The Newport Jazz Festival will return to Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park on August 2nd–4th, marking the event’s 65th anniversary.The historic New England jazz festival has announced it’s first wave of 2019 artists, with Herbie Hancock, The Bad Plus, and Corinne Bailey Rae topping the bill. Newport Jazz Festival will see additional performances from Buika, Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective, Sons of Kemet, Makaya McCraven, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ravi Coltrane/David Virelles, ELEW, Marcus Strickland Twi-Life, Christian Sand – 3 Piano Erroll Garner Tribute! feat. Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Sun Ra Arkestra, Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game, Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes‘, Tia Fuller’s “Diamond Cut”, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and Laurin Talese.More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.Newport, RI’s Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages, food and crafts, two beer and wine gardens, and more. The festival is held rain or shine, so get ready for a weekend stacked full of Jazz’s finest musicians.Tickets are on sale now here, with numerous ticket-package options available.For more information on the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival, head to the event’s website.
Remi Garde has revealed his frustration at his winless start at Aston Villa but insisted he remains optimistic despite their awful position. The French boss is yet to taste victory in his eight games with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. They go to second bottom Sunderland on Saturday 11 points from safety and four points behind the Black Cats. Villa lost 2-0 at Norwich on Monday and have not won in the league since the opening day of the season – a club record run of 18 games – but Garde admitted he has to stay positive. He said: “I am still very frustrated not to have won a game in this country, for sure, b ut I am still looking at it with an optimist’s view. “If you look at the game we had the previous week against West Ham (a 1-1 draw) we were not far away from winning. I know that we are not far away for sure. “I am still thinking the victory will come soon and that will change the mood of the changing room and the players too. “I am very focused on what I have to do. I know it’s getting difficult but there are still 19 games to play and 57 points to win. There are still enough to reach the target. “Yes it is getting tougher but I am still optimistic.” Defeat at the Stadium of Light would end a miserable Christmas and New Year after Garde targeted ending their winless run. But Villa have won just two points from nine following games against Newcastle, West Ham and Norwich. Garde is after Chelsea’s Loic Remy on loan – although has been criticised by Blues boss Guus Hiddink for publicly confirming his interest – and remains hopeful of a result at Sunderland. He added: “We will go there to win. I want my team to have the best spirit they can have – everyone in this club, particularly me and the players – have to show the best we can do.” Press Association
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PHOENIX — The Dodgers won 195 games in Dave Roberts’ first two seasons as manager – the most for any manager since Earl Weaver started his Hall of Fame career by winning 217 games in his first two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1969-70).Roberts led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series in his first year, the World Series (the franchise’s first in 29 years) in his second year.And despite a season filled with stretches of underachievement and disappointment, another 90-win season, a postseason berth and potential return trips to the NLCS and World Series are all still in play as the Dodgers enter the final weekend of the regular season.So why doesn’t Dave Roberts have a contract for next season? The idea that Roberts does not have autonomy is “not accurate despite a couple guys asking it over and over,” Friedman said. But he hesitates to shoot it down because “any time you have to answer that question you come off as defensive – even when it’s not true.”“There’s definitely stuff that plays out that I would have done differently – just as I’m sure there’s stuff I do in my job that he would have done differently,” Friedman said. “But we have a good relationship, open lines of communication and talk through things.“For me and Farhan, who are so mired in personnel decisions, we’ll bounce things off of him and oftentimes he’ll have a thought that is real helpful because of how mired we are. And conversely, he’ll talk to us about some things that are going on with lineups or pecking order of bullpen guys and we’ll have thoughts that are helpful because we’re not as mired in it.“I think that’s how a healthy, strong organization operates. I feel strongly that’s the dynamic in play. And that is the dynamic in play.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “We have a really good working relationship,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I think both sides expect to work together for a long time. We’ve had conversations and I think it’s one of those things where all of our focus is on winning a championship and picking that up when we get to the offseason.“I think because the relationship is so strong and the communication – I get it being a question. But it’s not really a concern for any of us because of the relationship in place.”Roberts acknowledged that there were some contract discussions early in the season but “right now it’s just best to focus on winning baseball games” and his ‘lame-duck’ status does not weigh on his mind.“I think we’ve done a really good job here in the past three years,” Roberts said. “I love it here. I love everything about it. I’m hopeful something will get done. The truth of the matter is there’s an option on me for next year. It’s not my choice anyway.”The contract Roberts signed with the Dodgers in November 2015 was for three years with a club option for the 2019 season. Friedman declined to answer when asked why the Dodgers haven’t simply exercised that option already. The fact that he and Roberts say there were “conversations” about his contract earlier this year implies the Dodgers would like to sign Roberts to a multi-year extension. Friedman declined to confirm that.If the Dodgers do want Roberts, the 2016 NL Manager of the Year, to remain manager for 2019 and beyond, the question might be how much value they place on a manager.Financial terms of manager’s contracts are not released. But Roberts is believed to be making $1 million in the third year of his contract, a salary that places him in the bottom third of MLB managers – in company with rookie managers like Mickey Callaway (Mets), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Gabe Kapler (Phillies) and a long way from the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon, who are believed to be making $6 million as the highest-salaried managers in baseball.Of the 12 managers who are making $1 million or less this season (including interim managers), only three have led a team into the playoffs – Jeff Banister in Texas (fired last week), Torey Lovullo in Arizona and Roberts. Only Roberts has a postseason series win on his resume.Roberts’ World Series counterpart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, entered 2018 in the same situation. His contract was set to expire following this season and the club held an option for 2019. He received a multi-year extension last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.“This season has played out in a little bit of a strange way,” Friedman said when asked to evaluate Roberts’ job performance this season. “But through it all, Doc has been incredibly positive and steady at the helm.”He has also accepted the new job description for his position – one that requires the manager to accept constant input and direction from the front office and serve as a conduit for the information generated by that front office to reach the players.Perhaps most difficult, the new job dynamic also requires the manager to be the public face of decisions that aren’t always completely his – particularly for Roberts whose pre- and post-game press availability is televised fare while decision-makers like Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi are only occasionally visible. That dynamic has also created a public perception of managers like Roberts as merely button-pushers, more middle manager than classic baseball manager.“It’s not the truth at all. I don’t know where this narrative came from,” Roberts said of the notion that the front office dictates lineup and in-game decisions. “If you had that, then you have no credibility in the clubhouse. Our guys are smart enough to understand that.“Are there things we discuss? Absolutely. I welcome it. I ask for help. I don’t have all the answers nor do the coaches. So if you can have somebody look at it from a different lens, I think that’s helpful and healthy. But ultimately, I make the decisions and that’s the way it should be.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco