Jazz Education

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The Oregon Coast Jazz Party always includes free jazz education. OCJP invites the public to "Jazz 101 – What to Listen For?" at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and an interactive question-and-answer session about jazz, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, both at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

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Jazz 101 – What to Listen For?

Don't miss this free jazz demo and discussion, sponsored by Just Jazz, at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Grammy-winning bassist, teacher, composer and bandleader John Clayton will lead the discussion, with Mike Wofford, Jeff Hamilton, and Holly Hofmann.

During a career that has burned brightly since the 1960s, San Diego native pianist Mike Wofford has been the first choice of over 100 jazz luminaries for collaboration. Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand as a headliner, producer, and educator.

Sunday Rap Session Jazz Panel

Join the 14th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP) at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in an interactive question-and-answer session about jazz, jazz artists, the future of the music and all the things you always wanted to know about our favorite American art form!

Hosted by OCJP Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, the Sunday Rap Session interactive jazz panel gets up close and personal with John Clayton, Mary Ann McSweeney and Chuck Redd – all of whom are also acclaimed arrangers and composers in their own right – at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive in Newport. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

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.

The patience John Clayton exhibits with students, the provocative notes he chooses when he composes, the great sounds he coaxes from other musicians... these attributes pale in comparison to his charisma when giving a performance. This Grammy Award winner is one of the all time OCJP favorites.

A California native now living in New York, Mary Ann McSweeney’s strong, imaginative bass playing has received critical acclaim worldwide. She’s toured with numerous jazz greats and now travels and records with her own quintet.

A seasoned performer on both drums and vibraphone, Chuck Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. As well as leading his own groups, Chuck was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He currently records and performs throughout the U.S.