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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF LIVE JAZZ, AT THE OREGON COAST JAZZ PARTY

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF LIVE JAZZ, AT THE OREGON COAST JAZZ PARTY
at the Newport Performing Arts Center, Friday, September 30 (7pm) and Saturday, October 1 (2pm & 7pm)

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is delighted to present a dazzling line-up of musicians for its 18th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

An Oregon Coast tradition, this year’s Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP) will feature stellar jazz artists from near and far and with a variety of musical backgrounds. In the always-exciting jazz party format, each performance will be dynamically arranged with musicians playing in unexpected combinations, an alchemy of improvisational skill and jazz styles.

This year, Ken Peplowski will be the master of mixing and matching 17 jazz stars to make magic happen on stage. A virtuosic musician himself—Mel Tormé once compared him to the great Benny Goodman—Peplowski will also be joining the party with his clarinet and saxophone.

Headlining this year is the Grammy-winning Monty Alexander, who was recently awarded his birth-country’s national honor, the Order of Jamaica. Lauded for his exhilarating performances (“effervescent,” “suspenseful,” “humorous,” and “delightful” are just a few of the reviews), Alexander’s repertoire spans a broad range of musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae—giving the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while still delivering his take on the standards.

OCJP musicians include local favorites, like classically trained flutist Holly Hofmann, who proves that the flute can hold its own as one of the “horns.” In 2007 Hofmann became the music director for the OCJP, bringing in the events now signature jazz party format. This format harkens back to Otter Crest Jazz Weekends, which from the 1970s through the 1990s drew top-flight musicians to the coast.

Also familiar to local jazz fans will be the members of the Central Coast Jazz Alliance: former Newport High School band director John Bringetto on trumpet, local brew-master Matt White on the sax, bassist Greg Berton, who, since returning to his native Oregon after 34 years with the San Diego Symphony, has been an active leader in the coastal music scene, and Dr. Sandy Schaefer, an expert percussionist. Members of the Alliance will play as a group and in the mix with visiting artists. From Portland, Steinway Artist Randy Porter, a Northwest jazz performer and instructor at Lewis and Clark College, will be playing piano.

Several musicians are traveling to Newport from the current New York jazz scene, including drummer Jason Brown, bassist Luke Sellick, and saxophonist Roxy Coss. In addition to being an acclaimed performer, Coss is founder and president of Women In Jazz Organization, which helps women and non-binary musicians make it in the historically male-dominated jazz industry. Also from New York is renowned trumpeter and educator Terell Stafford, whom jazz legend McCoy Tyner hailed as “one of the great players of our time.”

Along with up-and-coming artists, the OCJP will treat its audience to the virtuosity of venerable jazz masters. Pianist Mike Wofford got his start in the 1960s L.A. jazz scene and has performed with numerous jazz icons including Quincy Jones, Chet Baker, Sergio Mendez, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. And, long-time OCJP favorite Lewis Nash returns on the drums this year. Joining on bass will be Grammy-winning performer, composer, arranger, educator, and producer John Clayton, who has played with musical icons such as Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, Gladys Night, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Introducing vocals into the mix will be critically acclaimed jazz singer Karla Harris, who will grace the stage with her nuanced and elegant sound, influenced by contemporary jazz, Latin, swing, and the blues. Harris has performed at jazz festivals around the world, and Jazz Weekly wrote that her 2018 album, Certain Elements, “glows with wonderment.” Based in Atlanta, Harris also teaches aspiring jazz singers who are passionate about this uniquely American art form.

OCCA is grateful for the support of its lead sponsors for this year’s Jazz Party: Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, Columbia Bank, Newport News Times, Rogue Ales & Spirits, the Hallmark Resort, and The Whaler

Each OCJP performance will feature five sets, plus a bonus set on Saturday night in which the entire line-up of OCJP musicians will play together. Performance times are Friday, September 30, 7pm, and Saturday, October 1, at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at the PAC ticket office or online at www.OregonCoastJazzParty.org. Get your tickets now and get ready for some magic!

BOX OFFICE:

For more information or to purchase tickets call or visit the Newport Performing Arts Center Box Office:

Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm or by calling 541-265-2787
Or visit www.CoastArts.org

The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365

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