2016 Oregon Coast Jazz Party

13th annual event is set for September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party logo 2014Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 13 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party September 30-October 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party, now its 13th year, celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – September 30-October 2, 2016 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.

The 2016 roster assembled by Music Director Holly Hofmann includes returning favorites Jeff Hamilton with his trio-mates Christoph Luty on bass and Tamir Hendelman on piano (pictured), 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 are 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.

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    • Akiko Tsuruga

      “Akiko plays her personality…intense, positive, energetic and joyous. She plays to make others sound as good as they possibly can. It is always a joy to share the stage with her and play off of each other’s energy," says Jeff Hamilton of the NYC-based "Hammond Queen" Akiko Tsuruga.

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    • Bruce Barth

      Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences.

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    • Dave Tull

      For more than 25 years, Tull has been known in the Los Angeles area as a world-class jazz drummer, and since 2000 has toured the world as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. His 2009 CD “I Just Want to Get Paid!” drew critical acclaim, and he also serves on the faculty of Pasadena City College.

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    • Gary Hobbs

      In a four-decade career, Gary Hobbs has appeard on over 60 recordings; he now teaches at the University of Oregon.

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    • Graham Dechter

      An accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age. The 28-year-old Los Angeles native, a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since he was 19, shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop and blues.

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    • Grace Kelly

      This young Korean American saxophonist, singer, songwriter, composer and educator has headlined over 700 sets in over 30 countries at all major jazz festivals, from Montreux to Newport to Montreal.

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    • Holly Hofmann

      Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Holly is one of the premier voices in jazz flute. Holly has also been the Newport event’s music director since 2007.

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    • Jeff Hamilton Trio

      The amazing Jeff Hamilton Trio returns to the Oregon Coast Jazz Party this year! Led by drummer Jeff Hamilton, the critically acclaimed (and longtime OCJP favorite) ensemble also includes pianist Tamir Hendleman and bassist Christophy Luty.

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    • Ken Peplowski

      OCJP favorite Ken Peplowski (who plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone) returns this year! The late Mel Tormé said, “Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic.” Peplowski has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and virtuosic musicianship in all styles of jazz.

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    • Lewis Nash

      One of the busiest drummers in New York and worldwide, Lewis Nash appears on hundreds of recordings with the very best in jazz.

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