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Newport Jazz needs sponsor

March 18, 2009|Associated Press

The Newport Jazz Festival is in the market for a new sponsor.

Jazz impresario George Wein, who founded the iconic festival in 1954, said Tuesday that the Rhode Island event's 24-year relationship with the JVC consumer electronics company had ended. He said JVC told him it couldn't sponsor the festival again because of the recession.

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Wein said the show was fully booked and that the lineup would be announced next month.

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