Newport Beach Jazz Party: Music Events Throughout Valentine's Weekend
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The last date listed for 9th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party was Sunday February 15, 2009 / 9:30am (Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch).
Thursday, Feb. 12 / 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Louis & Keely Live At The Sahara
and The Gerald Wilson Orchestra
Thursday night’s Grand Opening of the 9th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party will start with the new smash hit musical Louis & Keely Live At The Sahara starring Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith and directed by Jeremy Aldridge. Having won four Ovation Awards, this music-filled tale of Louis, the legendary King of Swingers, and his relationship with Keely, his most famed duetting partner and fourth wife, sold out the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles night after night! Featuring such favorites as “That Old Black Magic,” “Just a Gigolo,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Autumn Leaves” and more!
From the Las Vegas retro lounge era of Louis & Keely Live At The Sahara, the evening will move to the South Central Ave Jazz period of Los Angeles when the famed Gerald Wilson Orchestra takes the stage, conducted by Mr. Wilson, having recently celebrated his 90th Birthday. Gerald Wilson has received a number of Grammy nominations throughout his career. He is an NEA recipient as a Jazz Master and his works are ensconced in the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He was honored at the Kennedy Center in March, 2007, along with a number of his peers, as a “Living Legend of Jazz.” Joining this celebrated orchestra will be Eugene “Snooky” Young on trumpet, also a recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award and who will celebrate his 90th Birthday on February 3.
This evening is not to be missed by big band jazz fans and those who enjoy reliving the early Las Vegas lounge days in a unique musical theatre setting!
Friday, Feb. 13 / 12noon – 3:30pm
Afternoon Pool Session
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with a love fest of world class mainstream jazz artists outdoors on the grounds of the beautiful Marriott Newport Beach. (In inclement weather, sessions will be held in Grand Pacific Ballroom instead.) Friday afternoon will feature sessions by Scott Hamilton, Carl Saunders, David Hazeltine, Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen, Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, Roy McCurdy, the Tony Monaco Trio with Bruce Forman, and special guest- Wycliffe Gordon.
Friday, Feb. 13 / 7:00pm – 11:15pm
Friday evening will feature Harry Allen’s Four Others in a Tribute to Woody Herman with Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Rickey Woodard, Adam Schroeder, Tamir Hendelman, Nicki Parrott and Joe LaBarbera, in addition to the David Hazeltine Trio and the Dena DeRose/Scott Hamilton Quartet with Jeff Hamilton.
Saturday, Feb. 14 – 9:30am – 11:30am (Doors Open at 9:15am)
Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a jazz champagne brunch featuring two acts- trombone great Dan Barrett, pianist Rossano Sportiello and Nicki Parrott on bass followed by the venerable jazz vocalist, Bill Henderson together with Scott Hamilton on tenor saxophone and the Dena DeRose Trio featuring Chuck Berghofer on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums. This two hour event will celebrate the Great American Songbook with the finest interpreters of song and instrumental renditions in the world of mainstream jazz today!
*Saturday, Feb. 14 / 12noon – 3:30pm *
Afternoon Pool Session
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with a love fest of world class mainstream jazz artists outdoors on the grounds of the beautiful Marriott Newport Beach. (In inclement weather, sessions will be held in Grand Pacific Ballroom instead.) Saturday afternoon will feature sessions with Ken Peplowski, Dan Barrett, Scott Hamilton, Dena DeRose, Chuck Berghofer and Joe LaBarbera plus the CSLB Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the CSLB Concert Jazz Orchestra.
Saturday, Feb. 14 / 7:00pm – 10:45pm
The Great American Songbook will celebrate Valentine’s Day Evening, starting with the Trio of Tamir Hendelman, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton followed by the Holly Hofmann-Bill Cunliffe Duo. Next a salute to Johnny Hartman by Kevin Mahogany with Mike Wofford, John Clayton and Roy McCurdy with special guest- Terell Stafford. Saturday night will come to a rousing close with Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen in Heavy Juice!
Sunday, Feb 15 – 9:30am – 11:30am (Doors Open at 9:15am)
Jazz Champagne Brunch
Valentine’s Day Weekend continues in celebration with a jazz champagne brunch featuring two acts- the Johnny O’Neil Trio and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon with Luther Hughes on bass and Paul Kreibich on drums, followed by the exciting jazz singer- Niki Haris, supported by her quartet with Karen Hammack on piano, Chris Connor on bass, John Chiodini on guitar and Paul Kreibich on drums. This two hour event will celebrate the Great American Songbook with the finest interpreters of song and instrumental renditions in the world of mainstream jazz today!
*Sunday, Feb 15 / 12noon – 3:30pm *
Afternoon Pool Session
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with a love fest of world class mainstream jazz artists outdoors on the grounds of the beautiful Marriott Newport Beach. (In inclement weather, sessions will be held in Grand Pacific Ballroom instead.) Sunday’s three sessions will feature Graham Dechter, Tamir Hendelman, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Harry Allen, Johnny O’Neal, Luther Hughes, Paul Kreibich, Ken Peplowski, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Barrett, Terell Stafford, and Gerald Clayton!
Sunday, Feb 15 / 7:00pm – 11:15pm
Sunday Evening will feature the Father/Son/Godfather Trio with Gerald Clayton, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton in addition to special sets with Terell Stafford and Ken Peplowski. Bringing the weekend to a swinging conclusion will be funnyman Pete Barbutti followed by the renowned Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra!