Jazz at Newport, Oregon
Jazz to Dance To

Feel like dancing during Jazz at Newport? This year's event features two "late-night" sets at the Newport Shilo Inn, and a big band dance on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center.

On Friday, there's a 10:30 p.m. set led by guitarist Bruce Forman with Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass, and drummer Jim Douglas.

Saturday's Nightcap Dance Set, also at 10:30 p.m. at the Shilo, features sax-man Houston Person with Bill Cunliffe on organ, Bruce Forman on guitar, and Alvester Garnett on drums.

If big-band sound is your thing, don't miss the Big Band Bash at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, October 3. The amazing Swing Shift big band will perform with special guests John Bringetto on trumpet, Houston Person on tenor sax, flutist Holly Hofmann and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet!

Jazz You Can See

A juried exhibit of jazz-themed artwork by local artists, “Jazz You Can See,” runs simultaneously in the Performing Arts Center Lobby and in the Visual Arts Center Upstairs Gallery (located at 777 NW Beach Drive, a few blocks from the Performing Arts Center) through Oct. 3.

Featured artist Connie Williams of Tidewater won the art contest for this year’s festival. Her winning painting “Drummer Riff,” as well as five other pieces, will be on display.

Exhibit pieces also include work by Ann Bajovich, DGB Featherkile, Richard LaFond, Dan Mandish, Dennis Moler, Bonnie Powell, Ron Raasch, and Nancy Jane Reid.

Upstairs Gallery hours are 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the PAC lobby is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performance times.

Reach the Performing Arts Center at 888-701-7123, or email Jazz at Newport. For more details about the festival, please visit our website.
Jazz 'in the know'

Hi, jazz fans! Our jazz committee is gearing up for three wonderful days of great jazz on the beautiful central Oregon coast, and we hope you are, too. We're pretty thrilled that there are some great opportunities to learn more about this amazing American art form we call jazz during this year's event.

To begin with, an exhibit of jazz-themed art called "Jazz You Can See" will run during the festival (details in lower left column). On Saturday, students will take part in guitar and vocal clinics with Bruce Forman and Roseanna Vitro respectively. And the "All That Jazz" panel discussion (details below) at 10 a.m. Saturday opens up the dialogue between musicians and the public. We're glad we can help festival-goers be more "in the know" about jazz!

'All That Jazz' panel discussion

The venerable jazz saxophonist Houston Person will discuss jazz at the "All That Jazz" panel discussion.Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2 for coffee and pastry, and an interactive question and answer session about jazz, jazz musicians, the future of the music and more that you always wanted to know about our favorite American art form!
The panel will feature pianist Benny Green, Jazz at Newport Music Director and flutist Holly Hofmann, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and tenor saxophonist Houston Person (pictured at right).


Jazz clinics for vocalists, guitarists

At the Jazz at Newport Festival, jazz students and community musicians will have two unparalleled opportunities to participate directly with jazz artists in jazz workshops at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Cost to participate is $10 per person, and you can download an application from the Jazz at Newport website.

Bruce Forman will give a jazz guitar clinic on Saturday, October 2.Bruce Forman will conduct a guitar clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 2. Forman's devotion to sharing knowledge, particularly with children, has been a constant in his career. Having taught since his late teens, he is keenly aware of the needs of developing musicians and is personally connected to his students.

Roseanna Vitro will give a vocal clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 3. Vitro has toured the world as an esteemed performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and Jazz Ambassador. She has presented concerts and workshops around the world. Her collaborations, covering a wide range of music and stylistic directions, have been cited and celebrated, far and wide.

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