At the 13th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party, jazz students and community musicians have three unparalleled opportunities to participate directly with jazz artists in jazz clinics, sponsored by Just Jazz. Artists will discuss the jazz art form and demonstrate techniques. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate, and be given a focus to consider. The artist will then work with the participants as a group in learning the techniques involved.
Jazz Clinic at Newport High School
The annual High School Workshop will be held during period 7 (2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.) in the band room at Newport High School on Friday, September 30 and will feature the one and only, Ken Peplowski, a virtuoso on the clarinet and tenor sax. This class is open to all Lincoln County high or middle school music students with an interest in jazz – not just reed players.
Enjoy interaction with one of the best (and wittiest) jazz musicians. Peplowski will demonstrate jazz techniques and encourage students to play in simple combos. This is a unique opportunity to learn and perform with others in a group setting with the great Ken Peplowski. Players must bring their own instruments. There is no charge for this workshop.
One of the top clarinetists of the 1990s and a very talented tenor player, Ken Peplowski has helped keep the tradition of small-group swing (and occasionally Dixieland) alive. He made his professional debut at ten and played locally in Cleveland. After spending 1978-1980 touring with the Tommy Dorsey ghost orchestra (directed by Buddy Morrow), Peplowski settled in New York, freelanced in a variety of settings, and played with Benny Goodman. By 1987, he was a Concord artist and has since recorded frequently for that label, backing Mel Tormé and Rosemary Clooney and leading his own sets including brilliant duets with guitarist Howard Alden.
Drum Clinic with Gary Hobbs at Newport Performing Arts Center
This clinic starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 1. Gary Hobbs has played professionally for over four decades – including a 1975-77 stint right out of high school with the Stan Kenton Orchestra – and appears on over 60 recordings. Hobbs is very active in jazz education, teaching at the University of Oregon and conducting clinics, concerts and jazz camps all over the nation. He will discuss and demonstrate techniques that all drummers, regardless of skill level, can practice and master. There is no charge for this workshop.
The Art of the Jazz Trio with the Jeff Hamilton Trio
This clinic starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Drawing from the 16 years that he's toured and recorded with the trio members, Tamir Hendelman and Christoph Luty, drum master Jeff Hamilton illustrates the many facets of the jazz trio. Hamilton will show how he's incorporated ideas into his own trio from the jazz legends he played with earlier in his career, including Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton and Ray Brown, to name a few.
The trio will also explain and demonstrate how they choose and arrange material and how they prepare the music for a performance, yet keep it spontaneous. The audience will get an insider's look at the subtle communication and cues between the three on stage. There is no charge for this workshop.
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