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60 Star Starred
Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 19 members
Review from Bernie B
Red Velvet 189 events 144 reviews

Excellent jazz, nearly continuous through Sunday brunch with just a short break between sets. Mix of older and younger musicians, all dedicated & very proficient, good rapport with the audience. Perfectly nice buffet, not the $75 a head variety...continued

reviewed Feb 14 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Diane H.
Red Velvet 56 events 20 reviews

nice venue...good music....much older crowd.

reviewed Feb 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from psrrobbins
Red Velvet 38 events 11 reviews

Great performances; especially enjoyed the singing and artistry of Barbara Morrison. The breakfast buffet was only average, certanly nothing special and would not recommend it to others unless it accompanied wonderful performers.

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
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Visit the Newport Beach Jazz Party web site for more information.



Thursday’s Grand Opening Night will feature a stunning tribute to Frank Sinatra with the Patrick Williams’ Orchestra conducted by Terry Woodson, in Sinatraland. Said one reviewer of the “10-star tribute to the Chairman” album, “If you like a well-disciplined big band sound, you gotta hear the Sinatraland Orchestra. You’ll love it!” Closing the evening will be a big band tribute to Benny Goodman with clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski

Friday evening will kick off with Ken Peplowski, Gilbert Castellanos, Bill Cunliffe, Paul Keller and Lewis Nash in swinging set of the Great American Songbook, followed by the legendary Jimmy & Tootie Heath quartet featuring Cunliffe on piano and Jeff Littleton on bass. Jackie Ryan and the Tamir Hendelman Trio will follow and closing this second great night of straight ahead jazz will be famed drummer Jeff Hamilton and his Trio which features Tamir Hendelman and Christoph Luty.

Saturday night will open with one of the most recorded drummers in jazz, Lewis Nash and Friends, followed by trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling who will be joined by Dan Barrett, Paul Keller, Gerryck King and Bill Cunliffe. Marlena Shaw and the Bill Cunliffe Trio will be next and closing the evening will be the Holly Hofmann Quartet with Strings in a tribute to Duke Ellington. Holly will feature Mike Wofford on piano, Christoph Luty on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums, along with special guest Byron Stripling.

Sunday Evening will start by featuring one of the hottest young guitar players on today’s jazz scene, Graham Dechter, who will be joined by veterans Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and Tamir Hendelman. And continuing with some comedy relief will be Dave Frishberg who is certain to perform many of his classic hits including “Peel Me a Grape”. Byron Stripling and Marlena Shaw will team up for the first time and bringing the weekend to a swinging close will be the renowned Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Featured at this year’s Pool Sessions (Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 3:30pm), among 9 great sessions, will be the quartets of Dan Barrett, Gilbert Castellanos and Houston Person. Other highlights include a first ever Battle Of The Big Bands between the jazz orchestras of UCLA and USC, conducted by Charley Harrison and Bob Mintzer plus a return (by popular demand!) of the Monterey Jazz Festival Winners- Pacific Standard Time vocal group directed by Christine Guter plus the CSULB Concert Jazz Orchestra conducted by Jeff Jarvis.

Additionally, two brunches will be offered starring Barbara Morrison & Houston Person on Saturday and a Valentine’s Day Show featuring a stellar quartet lead by Byron Stripling and closing with the remarkable veteran singer Bill Henderson plus popular bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott.



Thursday February 11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm Grand Ballroom*

8:00pm  Pat Williams’ Sinatraland Orchestra conducted by Terry Woodson and featuring Peter Erskine and Michael Dees

9:45pm  Ken Peplowski’s Big Band Music of Benny Goodman

Friday February 12, Noon – 3:30pm By the Pool

*Noon  Gilbert Castellanos, Adam Schroeder, Llew Matthews, Christoph Luty, Roy McCurdy

1:15pm  Dan Barrett, Dave Frishberg, Nicki Parrott, Lewis Nash

2:30pm  Houston Person Quartet with Llew Matthews, Paul Keller & Jeff Hamilton*

**Friday February 12, 7:00pm – 11:00pm Grand Ballroom

*7:05pm  Ken Peplowski, Gilbert Castellanos, Dan Barrett, Bill Cunliffe, Paul Keller, Lewis Nash

8:00pm  Jackie Ryan with the Tamir Hendelman Trio featuring Carlitos Del Puerto and Dean Koba

9:05pm  The Heath Brothers Quartet with Jimmy & Tootie Heath,  Bill Cunliffe and Bob Magnusson

10:10pm  Jeff Hamilton Trio with Tamir Hendelman and Christoph Luty*

**Saturday February 13, 9:30am – 11:30pm Grand Ballroom Brunch

 *Dan Barrett, Dave Frishberg, Nicki Parrott plus Blues Bash starring Barbara Morrison & Houston Person

Saturday February 13, 7:00pm – 11:00pm Grand Ballroom

7:05pm Lewis Nash, Tamir Hendelman, John Clayton, Gilbert Castellanos, Houston Person

7:55pm Byron Stripling, Dan Barrett, shelly Berg, Paul Keller, Gerryck King

8:55pm Marlena Shaw-musical conductor Bill Cunliffe, Nicki Parrott, Gerryck King

10:00pm  DUKE ELLINGTON TRIBUTE Holly Hofmann Quartet & strings featuring Mike Wofford, Christoph Luty, Jeff Hamilton

*Sunday February 14, 9:30am – 11:30am Grand Ballroom Brunch

*Byron Stripling, Tamir Hendelman, John Clayton & Lewis Nash plus the Bill Henderson Quartet

Sunday February 14, Noon – 3:30pm By the Pool

*Noon  CSULB – Pacific Standard Time directed by Christine Guter

1:15pm  Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Sextet featuring Rickey Woodard, Irving Flores, Hamilton Price, Kevin Kanner & Charlie Chavez

2:30pm  CSULB – Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Jeff Jarvis

*Sunday February 14, 7:00pm – 11:00pm Grand Ballroom

*7:05pm  Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Tamir Hendelman

7:55pm  Dave Frishberg

8:40pm  Byron Stripling & Marlena Shaw

9:50pm Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with John Clayton, Jeff Clayton and Jeff Hamilton

  • In the event of inclement weather, By the Pool sessions will be in the Grand Ballroom.

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