Sunset Jazz at Newport, featuring straight- ahead jazz performed by top jazz performers, begins July 10 and will continue through ll nights, concluding Sept. 18. All this at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel on the Pacific in Southern California.
The concerts take place in the hotel's outside Rose Garden with guests seated at tables. Each Wednesday consists of two sets, 6 and 7:30. Both one-hour sessions are included in the ticket price. Food and beverages will be available.
The series kicks off with The Four Freshmen. This famous group now in its 63rd year, continue today to bring their unique brand of vocal harmony to audiences worldwide. Beginning in 1948, the group continues on in the 21st century with Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson, Bob Ferreira, who have been performing together since 2001.
Other standouts on the slate are guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli. who, after 31 years in the business is now more successful than ever. Additional vocalists on tap are Carol Weisman and Dori Caymi. Returning favorites are woodwind wizard Ken Peplowski, trumpeter Byron Stripling, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and drimmer Jeff Hamilton among many others.
Complete schedule is as follows:
July 17: HOLLY HOFMANN with the MIKE WOFFORD TRIO featuring Jeff Hamilton & Mike Gurrola and special guest JULIE KELLY
July 24: CAROL WELSMAN QUARTET and special guest DON SHELTON
July 31: JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET with Larry Fuller (piano), Martin Pizzarelli (bass), Tony Tedesco (drums)
Aug. 7: JEFF HAMILTON TRIO with Tamir Hendelman (piano), Christoph Luty (bass)
Aug. 14: KEN PEPLOWSKI QUARTET with Mike Wofford (piano), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums)
Aug. 21: DORI CAYMMI QUARTET featuring Bill Cantos (piano), Jerry Watts (bass), Michael Shaprio (drums)
Aug. 28: BYRON STRIPLING/BOBBY FLOYD QUARTET with Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Sept. 4: ERNIE ANDREWS QUARTET plus RICKEY WOODARD with Llew Matthews (piano), Richard Simon (bass) Clayton Cameron (drums)
Sept. 11: WYCLIFFE GORDON in HELLO POPS...A tribute to Louis Armstrong with Don Shelton (clarinet), Llew Matthews (piano), Luther Hughes (bass), Clayton Cameron (drums)
Sept. 18: JUDY ROBERTS/GREG FISHMAN QUARTET featuring Jeff Hamilton (drums), Chuck Berghofer (bass) The Marriott is located at 900 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, across from Fashion Island. For jazz reservations, call (940) 640-4000.