Oregon Coast Jazz Party

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Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the 14th 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. 

2016 Highlights

The 13th 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, play in different groupings and arrangements over the three-day event.

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 2016 roster included returning favorites Jeff Hamilton with his trio-mates Christoph Luty on bass and Tamir Hendelman on piano, guitarist Graham Dechter, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, drummer Lewis Nash, Terell Stafford on trumpet, drummer Gary Hobbs, vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, pianist Randy Porter, and bassist Tom Wakeling.

Appearing for the first time at this party were NYC-based artists Bruce Barth on piano, Grace Kelly on alto sax, and Akiko Tsuruga on the Hammond B3, as well as drummer/vocalist Dave Tull from southern California and the Texas-based virtuoso bassist Lynn Seaton.
Party-goers will also hear the South Eugene High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble on Saturday. Known as the Dorians Jazz Choir, this group of 16 to 20 advanced high school vocalists performs jazz genres including swing, bebop, Latin, ballads, funk and blues, amplified with a rhythm section – all under the direction of Chris Dobson.

Education at the Party

The party always includes educational events and free jazz education. The panel discussion is a very popular interactive question-and-answer session about jazz and jazz artists, the future of the music and all the things you always wanted to know about our favorite American art form, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Hosted by OCJP Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, the panel featured Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor sax), Grace Kelly (alto sax), and Jeff Hamilton (drums). All are respected as arrangers and composers in their own right.

Jazz clinics, supported by Just Jazz, featured Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Newport High School, drummer Gary Hobbs at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the PAC, and a vocal clinic with drummer/vocalist Dave Tull and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the PAC.

North Coast Brewing Brewmaster Dinner

Enjoy North Coast Brewing's fine artisan beers paired with cuisine by the Sylvia Beach Hotel's Tables of Content restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. North Coast Brewing's Steller IPA was paired with Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam (a handcrafted triple-cream Brie). The very limited Grand Cru – brewed with pilsner malt and agave nectar, then aged in oak bourbon barrels – was paired with Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor, a ripened goat cheese jam-packed with Italian black summer truffles.

Dinner began with a smoked salmon terrine and house-made crackers, paired with Acme Pale Ale, followed by roasted autumn vegetables with honey dressing and hazelnuts, paired with Pranqster, a golden Belgian-style ale. The main course was house-made landjäger sausages with house-made sauerkraut and parsleyed potatoes paired with North Coast's renouned Belgian style abbey ale, Brother Thelonious. A drunken chocolate stout cake with blackberry sauce, paired with Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout, served in a commemorative glass for diners to take home with them, was served for dessert.

Residents coming from Toledo had the option of traveling down the Yaquina River aboard the charter boat Umatilla II, which delivered the diners to the Yacht Club. The boat will then took the guests back to Toledo after the fundraiser.