2015 Oregon Coast Jazz Party

12th annual event is set for October 2-4, 2015.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party logo 2014Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 12 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party October 2-4, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

OCCA is the founding organizational sponsor of the event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in its production.

The Lineup

Twitter _logoFacebook _logoMusicians this year include returning favorites John Clayton on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, pianist Mike Wofford, pianist Bill Mays with his Inventions Trio including cellist Alisa Horn and Marvin Stamm on trumpet, Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, and Rickey Woodard on tenor sax. Appearing for the first time at OCJP are NYC-based artists Larry Fuller on piano and Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, along with the legendary Bill Charlap - Renee Rosnes Piano Duo; guitarist Frank Potenza, vocalist Mary Stallings, and bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux join the party from southern California. Portland-based artists Mike Horsfall on piano and vibes, drummers Carlton Jackson and Alan Jones, vocalist Marilyn Keller, guitarist Ryan Meagher, Bobby Torres on congas and percussion, and bassist Tom Wakeling round out the roster this year. Party-goers will also see the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, made up of master jazz students from around the world, perform at the first session of the party, and be able to see OCJP Music Director Holly Hofmann's only set of the weekend.

See more about this year's musicians below. You can also download the brochure here.

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  • Alvester Garnett

    “Joy and spirited musical communication” are what characterize the artistry of Alvester’s drumming. Singers Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter and instrumentalists Wynton Marsalis and Regina Carter have all called on him for his energy and fire.

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  • Alan Jones

    A Portland native, Alan Jones ranks as one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, composers, multi-instrumentalists and teachers. He has performed, toured and recorded with a long list of jazz legends, including his very own Sextet! He also runs his own successful Portland school, the Alan Jones Academy of Music.

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  • Alisa Horn

    Alisa Horn is native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she studied with Professor Peter Spurbeck at the University of Memphis.

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  • Bill Charlap / Renee Rosnes Piano Duo

    One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renée Rosnes. One of the foremost pianists and composers of her generation, Rosnes has 12 critically acclaimed recordings to her name, and collaborates with a diverse range of artists.

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  • Bill Mays Inventions Trio

    Pianist Bill Mays, trumpeter/flugelhornist Marvin Stamm, and cellist Alisa Horn – two classically-trained jazz masters have joined with a marvelously gifted and classically-trained cellist to explore the intersection of chamber music and jazz, to “find the chamber music in jazz and the jazz in chamber music,” performing fresh interpretations of well-known classical themes, jazz classics, and original works.

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  • Bill Mays

    Pianist/composer Bill Mays’ career as a professional musician spans the last 50 years and includes a multitude of musical endeavors. Following four years as a bandsman in the U.S. Navy Bill spent 15 years as a session player in the Hollywood studios.

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  • Bobby Torres

    Whether drumming with the McMenamins Marching Band, sitting in with various name acts in Portland, or leading his own Bobby Torres Ensemble, this 40-year veteran’s adroit percussive ability continues to shine.

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  • Carlton Jackson

    Drummer Carlton Jackson been associated with various areas within the musical world, and continues to be a first call musician in the performance and recording industry. His flowing, incisive style & a firm respect for the inherent tradition of various music genres has made him a natural choice for local, national, and international projects. This awareness has led to his performances appearing in feature films, television and radio.

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  • Frank Potenza

    Guitarist and educator Frank Potenza is a protégé of the late, great Joe Pass and an active composer and performer with nine solo albums to his credit. He is a full professor and department chair of the studio/jazz guitar program at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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  • Gilbert Castellanos

    A classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter based in San Diego, Gilbert combines contemporary and classical jazz with Latin and hard bop influences. A jazz player since the sixth grade, he maintains a busy performance and recording schedule, as well as teaching at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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