2017 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. VIP passes are on sale through Aug. 23: call 541-265-2787 or 888-701-7123 to order your VIP pass. Single tickets on sale Aug. 24, 2017.

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; the George Colligan Trio, led by pianist George Colligan with bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Chris Brown; and guitarist Russell Malone, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, vocalist Greta Matassa, drummer Ryan Shaw, and the Oregon-based Bossanaire Septet.

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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    • Bossanaire Septet

      A bossa nova rhythm section featuring two female vocalists, Bossanaire’s music is reminiscent of the 1960s-era classic “Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66” album, Stan Getz, and João Gilberto.

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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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    • Ed Dunsavage

      Porter, Berlin, Gershwin and other Songbook composers are at the forefront of guitarist Ed Dunsavage's repertoire.

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    • George Cables Trio

      The George Cables Trio is led by pianist George Cables, called “Mr. Beautiful” by legendary alto saxman Art Pepper, backed by bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis.

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    • George Colligan Trio

      The George Colligan Trio is led by Portland-based, NYC native pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader George Colligan, backed by bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Chris Brown.

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    • Gerald Clayton

      Four-time Grammy-nominated pianist/composer Gerald Clayton celebrates the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy.

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    • Greta Matassa

      Jim Wilke, Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated “Jazz After Hours” radio program, praises vocalist Greta Matassa’s “fearlessness in approaching material,” and Seattle Times critic Misha Berson described Matassa as a vocal chameleon who “can sound husky or crisp, ebullient or wailing, girlish or jaded.”

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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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    • 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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