The Jazz Party Not To Miss! - Feb. 15-18…Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout!

This year's party, featuring a big band closing each of the 4 nights, will take place February 15-18, 2018, and will again be the time for mainstream jazz lovers from around the country (& world) to arrive in Newport Beach for Jazz at the beautiful Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. In addition to a Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch, daily evening concerts will take place in the Marriott's Grand Pacific Ballroom plus afternoon pool sessions on the grounds of the resort. Title sponsor for the Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout is The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note at Sea Cruise, the world's only full ship charters dedicated to "Straight-Ahead and Contemporary Jazz". Media sponsor will be the nation's #1 jazz station- KJAZZ.

-Evening highlights of this special "One Last Time"
18th Annual jazz lover's weekend-

*Thursday's Grand Opening Night, starting at 7:30pm, will feature 3 concerts, beginning with a Weekend Preview Show hosted by Ken Peplowski with James Morrison, Tom Ranier, Chuck Berghofer, Matt Witek plus guests Dena DeRose, Scott Hamilton, Bria Skonberg & Houston Person. The second concert will feature THE FOUR FRESHMEN plus One Great Trombonist! Closing this Grand Opening night will be Chuck Redd Plays The Music of the TERRY GIBBS DREAM BAND, featuring Joe LaBarbera and Ken Peplowski.

*Friday evening will feature 4 concerts starting at 7:00pm (as well as Saturday & Sunday evenings) with the first concert featuring the Emmet Cohen Trio with Ken Peplowski, followed by Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen in Heavy Juice featuring Tamir Hendelman, Chuck Berghofer, Butch Miles. The third concert will bring to our stage for the first time trumpeter & vocalist Bria Skonberg with her set including all-stars Larry Fuller, John Clayton, Chuck Redd plus special guest- James Morrison. Closing the evening will again be a big band in a tribute to the late Frankie Capp with his FRANK CAPP JUGGERNAUT directed by drummer Butch Miles.

*Saturday-the third of four swingin' nights, will open with Harry Allen's Four Others in a tribute to Woody Herman with Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Rickey Woodard, Adam Schroeder, Ehud Asherie, John Clayton, Joe LaBarbera. Concert #2 will bring to the stage pianist/vocalist Dena DeRose together with Houston Person who will lead the group including Katie Thiroux and Special guest- Bria Skonberg. Next will be the iconic songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman as performed by Alan Bergman, along with pianist Bill Cantos. Completing this stellar evening will be the PATRICK WILLIAMS BIG BAND conducted by Patrick Williams and featuring Peter Erskine plus some very special guest artists.

*Sunday will bring together a glorious close to "A Weekend For the Love of Jazz and Big Bands", with the Ken Peplowski Quartet featuring Tom Ranier, Chuck Berghofer & Joe LaBarbera followed by the Larry Fuller Trio. The next set will feature James Morrison and his sons, - Harry on bass and William on guitar plus Tom Ranier and Butch Miles. Adding variety to this final night of the Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout will be funnyman Pete Barbutti- Johnny Carson's favorite comic. Closing out this world class weekend of mainstream jazz will be the NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ PARTY ALL-STAR BIG BAND directed by John Clayton and featuring Lewis Nash on drums plus various special guest artists!

*Highlights for this year's Pool Sessions- (Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 3:30pm), include Kevin Kanner Quintet, Tony "B3" Monaco Quartet, James Morrison Quintet, Bill Cunliffe's Brazil with Carol Bach-y-Rita, Scott Hamilton Sextet, Two Drummers/Two Tenors/Two Trumpets- Unleashed!, Butch Miles & Friends, Mike Costley Band and the CSULB CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA directed by Jeff Jarvis.
*Saturday Champagne Jazz Brunch- featuring David L. Abell's Piano Legacy with 8 world class pianists-Bill Cunliffe, Larry Fuller, Tamir Hendelman, Tom Ranier, Yuko Mabuchi & others plus The Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble featuring Carl Saunders, Rickey Woodard, Ann Patterson, Ron Kobayashi, Kendall Kay & Andrea Miller.
*Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch- featuring Barbara Morrison-Houston Person plus a reunion of H.E.R.K with Luther Hughes, Ron Eschete', Tom Ranier & Paul Kreibich.

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