Oregon Coast Jazz Party

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Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the 15th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP) October 4-6, 2019.

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The Oregon Coast Jazz Party, now its 16th year, celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – October 4-6, 2019 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 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 has been the OCJP music director since 2007; this year, she's joined by Ken Peplowski and the two serve as co-directors of music.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2019 is underwritten by Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, 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. 2018 Jazz Club members include Don Bourque & Susan Knowlton, Jim & Sue Douglas, Bob Emrich & Cyndy Heisler, 
Laurel Freed, Frank & Michelle Geltner, Robert & Melissa Good, JJ Hendricks, Judy Hogan, Jocelyn Howells, Ray & Claire Little, Meredith Maislen, Doug & Deborah Moody, James & Jean Morrison, David & Anne Noall, George & Margot Pearson, Vern Schervem, Karl Voiles & Elaine Janiak, Joe Weber, and Barry & Phyllis Winters. OCCA is also grateful for the support of the many media sponsors, partners, jazz patrons, friends, and youth supporters who also contribute. 

2018 Highlights

The 15th 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. 5-7, 2018. To celebrate the party's 15th anniversary, Hofmann chose "Honoring Women in Jazz" as the theme.

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, musician underwriters Marty Esposito, Linda Kolar & Dan Houts, and Jeffrey Ogburn, and the 2019 Jazz Club, Jazz Hotels, jazz partners, patrons, friends and youth supporters.

The Lineup

OCJP Music Director Holly Hofmann's 2018 roster included amazing jazz violinist Regina Carter's Quartet (with pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer Alvester Garnett), alto sax star Grace Kelly's Quartet (with Julian Pollack on keyboards and piano, bassist Julia Adamy, and drummer Evan Hughes), and guitarist Mimi Fox's renowned San Francisco String Trio (with Mads Tolling on violin and Jeff Denson on bass and vocals); as well as Tanya Darby on trumpet, vocalist Sinne Eeg, Yve Evans on piano and vocals, Kerry Politzer's Bossa PDX, and pianist Helen Sung. 

Special guests include pianist George Colligan, drummer Alvester Garnett, bassist Tom Wakeling, and pianist Mike Wofford, as well as bassist Dylan Sundstrom and drummer Charlie Doggett. Regional talents included the Nancy Hamilton Duo, John Bringetto on trumpet, Bill Hartsell on guitar, and bassist Craig Snazelle. Young jazz musicians on the roster include all-star high school student Serena Geroe on guitar, the South Eugene High School Dorians vocal jazz ensemble, and the Taft High School Jazz Ensemble.

Education at the Party

The party always includes educational events and free jazz education: “One on One with the Artists,” an interactive jazz panel at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, was hosted by Hofmann; a bossa nova demo and lecture with pianist and composer Kerry Politzer was held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, sponsored by Just Jazz; and “Wake Up with Jazz,” a coffee and music session featuring local favorites, was held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

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. 4. 

Dinner began with tastings of Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam cheese paired with Steller IPA and Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog paired with Le Merle Saison.

The first course was a grilled peach salad with asparagus, Laura chèvre cheese and Saba reduction, paired with Passionfruit-Peach Berlinerweiss, followed by seared jumbo prawns with truffle pasta cake and port wine sauce, set off by PranQster Belgian Golden Ale. An intermezzo followed, featuring North Coast's Cranberry-Quince Berlinerweiss.

The main course of roasted petite lamb chops was served with mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and cabernet demi-glace, paired with Red Seal Ale, followed by brownie sundaes for dessert, paired with Old Rasputin Imperial Stout.