Oregon Coast Jazz Party

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Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the 15th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP) October 5-7, 2018.

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The Oregon Coast Jazz Party, now its 15th year, celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – October 5-7, 2018 in the beautiful town of Newport, on the central Oregon coast. Expect multiple sets from renowned jazz stars, nightcap performances, and educational events during your stay.

OCCA, the founding organizational sponsor of the event, partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in its production. Performances take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party follows the "jazz party" format, which means that the musicians appear in different combinations called "sets" during the three-day event. Renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann is the OCJP music director.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2018 is underwritten by Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, and musician underwriters Linda Kolar and Dan Houts, with support from the North Coast Brewing Co. (official jazz party brew) and Columbia Bank, as well as Milt Bernhart Travel (official jazz party travel agency) and the Newport News-Times. 2017 Jazz Club members Henry & Liz Cardinale, Jim & Sue Douglas, Robert Emrich & Cindy Heisler, Frank & Michelle Geltner, Robert & Melissa Good, JJ Hendricks, Hogan Family Trust, Jocelyn Howells, Claire & Ray Little, Roger Leo, James & Jean Morrison, David & Anne Noall, John & Diana Pinto, Vern Schervem, and Barry & Phyllis Winters. OCCA is also grateful for the support of the many jazz patrons and friends who also contribute. 

2017 Highlights

The 14th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrated America’s greatest art form with three days of live jazz and jazz education on the beautiful Oregon coast! The jazz party format means that musicians, assembled by Music Director Holly Hofmann, played in different groupings and arrangements over the three-day event Oct. 6-8, 2017.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is the founding organizational sponsor of the event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in its production. This extraordinary jazz party is supported by underwriter Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, with support from the North Coast Brewing Company, Columbia Bank, Newport News-Times, Milt Bernhart Travel, Oregon Coast Piano Services, Just Jazz, and the 2016 Jazz Club, Jazz Hotels, jazz partners, patrons and friends.

The Lineup

OCJP Music Director Holly Hofmann's 2017 roster included returning favorites John Clayton on bass, Gerald Clayton on piano, guitarist Ed Dunsavage, drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist Mary Ann McSweeney, Houston Person on tenor sax, drummer Chuck Redd, and pianist Mike Wofford.

Headliner pianist George Cables was scheduled to appear, with bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis, but couldn't attend due to illness, so Gerald Clayton filled in. The innovative George Colligan Trio was led by pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan with bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Chris Brown. Other performers who were new to the OCJP included guitarist Russell Malone, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, vocalist Greta Matassa, drummer Ryan Shaw, and the Bossanaire Septet, a bossa nova rhythm section featuring two female vocalists, reminiscent of the 1960s-era classic “Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66” album, and the music of Stan Getz and João Gilberto.

Education at the Party

The party always includes educational events and free jazz education. At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, partygoers attended “Jazz 101 – What to Listen For?” – a free jazz demo/lecture sponsored by Just Jazz, which featured pianist Mike Wofford, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and flutist Holly Hofmann. The panel discussion, a very popular interactive question-and-answer session about jazz and jazz artists, was held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Hosted by OCJP Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, the panel featured John Clayton, Mary Ann McSweeney and Chuck Redd – all of whom are also acclaimed arrangers and composers in their own right. Both events were free and open to the public.

Jazz clinics, supported by Just Jazz, were also held for students.

North Coast Brewing Brewmaster Dinner

Jazz supporters enjoyed North Coast Brewing's fine artisan beers paired with cuisine by Newport's Clearwater Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout and renowned Belgian style abbey ale, Brother Thelonious, were served with cheeses at the pre-dinner reception.

Dinner began with a port wine poached-pear salad with Humboldt Fog cheese, baby mâche, and a balsamic reduction, followed by pan-seared scallops with vanilla-infused yams and brown butter orange sauce. The main course of braised boneless short ribs was served with fresh corn polenta, heirloom carrots, and merlot demi-glace, and a brownie sundae dessert wrapped up the dinner.

Featured North Coast artisan brews included the Le Merle saison farmhouse ale, Red Seal ale, and the Cranberry Quince Berliner Weiss.