2016 Oregon Coast Jazz Party

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

Oregon Coast Jazz Party logo 2014

Save the dates: October 6-8, 2017 marks the 14th annual jazz party! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 14 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party October 6-8, 2017 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both 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 Director Holly Hofmann will perform this year, and has assembled a roster of longtime favorites – as well as exciting performers who haven't appeared before at the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. New to the event this year are pianist George Cables's trio with bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis, pianist George Colligan, guitarist Russell Malone, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, vocalist Greta Matassa, and drummer Ryan Shaw.

And to the delight of OCJP fans, many superb favorites return for this year: bassist John Clayton, pianist Gerald Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist Mary Ann McSweeney, tenor sax man Houston Person, drummer Chuck Redd 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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    • Chuck Redd

      A seasoned performer on both drums and vibraphone, Chuck Redd will be performing repertoire from one of his new projects: the big band charts given to him by vibes legend Terry Gibbs.

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    • George Cables Trio

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    • George Colligan

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    • Gerald Clayton

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    • Greta Matassa

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    • Houston Person

      Long-time Newport favorite Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer.

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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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    • John Clayton

      The Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and conductor's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry.

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    • Jeff Hamilton

      Drummer Jeff Hamilton, also known as "The Hammer," returns to the Oregon Coast Jazz Party this year. Originality is what he brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand.

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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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