Sunset Jazz at Newport: Top Artists Amid Stunning Ocean Views
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Featured review from Robert TingleyRed Velvet
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As others have mentioned the music was outstanding and the venue was perfect but I will point out a few shortcomings. The directions to the Rose Garden are not that obvious and you have to thread your way past the outdoor pool to get there. I did not realize that there are 3 tiers of ticket prices and that the General admission (Goldstar) is located only on the periphery of the seating (3 tables on either side). Next time I attend I would probably purchase preferred (reserved) seating. This event was sold out and it seemed our server was really hard pressed to take orders and deliver food and drinks, we finally had drink in hand at 6:45... Valet parking is $25 so we self parked for $5 around the side of the hotel, no problem there. Restrooms were a little bit of a hassle as it appeared that there were only two unisex rooms available by the poolside. As always, the quality of the music overcame any small nuisance factor..
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Once word gets out about this event, will be hard to get seats for it. It is in a fabulous location with views of the Pacific in the background. The Marriott recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation so the hotel is beautiful. The...continued
August 19, 2015: Tribute to the Ray Brown Trio With John Clayton (bass), Larry Fuller (piano) and Jeff Hamilton (drums)
This trio is firmly rooted in the hard swinging traditions of mainstream jazz, with each gentleman explaining how their careers have been significantly influenced by the legendary bassist Ray Brown.
August 26, 2015: An Evening of Jazz & Comedy Featuring the “Dyn-o-mite” Jimmie J.J. Walker, Plus the Calabria Foti-Bob McChesney Quintet
This night in the series promises to be a unique evening of comedy and music with two sets featuring the Grammy-nominated Calabria Foti (vocals & violin), trombonist Bob McChesney plus Tom Ranier (piano), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Paul Kreibich (drums). Making a rare Southern California appearance will be Jimmie J.J. Walker (Good Times, Airplane, David Letterman) who says that, despite all of his success on the big and small screens, stand-up comedy remains his first love.
September 2, 2015: A Salute to the Trumpet Legends With the Byron Stripling/Bobby Floyd Quartet Featuring Graham Dechter & Joe LaBarbera
A special evening with the spectacular trumpeter and vocalist who played the lead in the touring musical Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend, Byron Stripling. Together with jazz organist Bobby Floyd, the amazing young guitarist Graham Dechter and legendary drummer Joe LaBarbera, this night promises to be a musical tour de force saluting Louis Armstrong and other trumpet legends.
September 9, 2015: Barbara Morrison & Rickey Woodard Quintet
An evening Barbara Morrison fans will not want to miss as she returns to Sunset Jazz for a “Pre-Birthday Celebration”. Joining Barbara will be the swinging Rickey Woodard on sax and a straight ahead rhythm section of Stuart Elster (piano), Richard Simon (bass) and Lee Spath (drums).
September 15, 2015: A Salute to Benny Goodman & Beyond
The late Mel Torme’ said “Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic.” This quote only hints at Ken’s virtuosity — not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophonist but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit and musicianship. Joining Ken will be vibest Chuck Redd who is currently a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in Washington DC. Rounding out this All-Star group will be Tom Ranier on piano (Dancing With The Stars, Kenny Burrell), Katie Thiroux on bass (a bright new star on the LA music scene) and Matt Witek on drums who has performed with Larry Fuller & John Pizzarelli.
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Performances run approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. See the menu.