2019 Oregon Coast Jazz Party

16th annual event is set for October 4-6, 2019.

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Save the dates: October 4-6, 2019 marks the 16th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 16 years with the party, which is held at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport.

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – 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.

Music directors Holly Hofmann and Ken Peplowski, both of whom will also perform this year, present a roster this year featuring Roxy Coss on sax and flutes, Dena DeRose on vocals and piano, guitarist Larry Koonse, drummer Lewis Nash, Houston Person on tenor sax, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals, pianist Randy Porter, vocalist Veronica Swift, drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Martin Wind, and pianist Mike Wofford.

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

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    • Dena DeRose

      It’s no small accomplishment to be thought of as “the most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn," but that’s exactly how Joel Siegel of the Washington City Paper described Dena DeRose. Her 10 acclaimed solo albums attest to her vitality and innovation; her tenure as professor of jazz voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria, as well as clinics and workshops at many prestigious schools of jazz in the U.S. speak to her gifts as an educator, as well.

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    • Houston Person

      A South Carolina native, Houston’s big soulful tenor sound has given him legendary status all over the world. Known for his unique selections from the Great American Songbook, Houston is a Newport favorite.

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    • Holly Hofmann

      Holly Hofmann has taken the flute from its middle-of-the-orchestra origins and made it a front-line instrument in jazz. She has earned the praise and respect of musicians and jazz aficionados for her bluesy, bebop-based improvisations and technical prowess. Holly has also been this party’s music director since 2007.

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    • Ken Peplowski

      OCJP favorite Ken Peplowski (who plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone) returns this year, in a new role as co-music director! 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 – and a long-time favorite at OCJP – Lewis Nash appears on hundreds of recordings with the very best in jazz.

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    • Larry Koonse

      Guitarist Larry Koonse has performed on more than 300 albums and toured the world as a featured performer with Mel Tormé, Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, the Percy Faith Orchestra, and as co-leader of the LA Jazz Quartet, among many others. Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.

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    • Martin Wind

      Bassist and composer Martin Wind, a native of Flensburg, Germany, maintains a busy schedule as a regular at major jazz clubs all over the U.S., as a session player, and as a member of the trios of Bill Mays, Dena DeRose, Bill Cunliffe, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ted Rosenthal, as well as of Matt Wilson's Quartet, Arts and Crafts. He's also on the faculty of New York University and Hofstra University.

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    • Matt Wilson

      Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz quite like Matt Wilson, who was recently named 2018 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing and an indomitable spirit of surprise, making him one of the most in-demand players and educators on the modern jazz scene.

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    • Mike Wofford

      Having appeared on over 100 recordings as a sideman, Mike Wofford is known for his elegant and unique harmonic approach to jazz piano.

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    • Nicki Parrott

      Australian-born, NYC-based bassist singer Nicki Parrott brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.

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