What You'll Get
For the seventh year in a row, you can groove to straight-ahead jazz with a laid-back vibe on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. The Rose Garden and Seaview Terrace at Orange County's Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa provide the perfect outdoor oceanside backdrops for this collection of top artists, who'll all be playing two one-hour sets, separated by a half-hour intermission. Among the artists this year are the Ken Peplowski-Chuck Redd Quintet, the Four Freshmen, Rebecca Kilgore All-Stars, Barbara Morrison (with another birthday celebration) and Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band.
All of the listed Wednesdays will take place in the Rose Garden, except the first one on July 6 will be in the Seaview Terrance, also located on the grounds of the Marriott Newport Beach.
Doors open at 5:00pm, with performances starting at 6:00pm and concluding at 8:30pm.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the performances, with no minimum. See menu and other details. Corkage is $20. Outside food is not allowed.
Schedule of Performers:
July 6, 2016: Ken Peplowski-Chuck Redd Quintet in Benny Goodman & Beyond
The New York Times pronounced a concert of Ken Peplowski’s as “Goodman Straight Up, With a Twist of Lightning.” Not only is Ken an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, 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 his good friend, vibest and drummer Chuck Redd. Also joining Ken and Chuck will be a bright new star on the Los Angeles music scene, Katie Thiroux on bass, along with Matt Witek on drums. Rounding out this all-star quintet will be the very popular Graham Dechter on guitar.
July 13, 2016: Ernie Andrews & Rickey Woodard – Saluting Duke Ellington & others
Ernie Andrews is back for the 7th Annual Sunset Jazz at Newport, again featuring Ernie’s good friend Rickey Woodard on tenor sax. Ernie has been in the business for over 60 years and still steps to the stage with vigorous energy. Ernie was a prominent part of the Central Avenue jazz scene, and his extensive discography includes recordings with Cannonball Adderley, Gene Harris, Kenny Burrell, The Juggernaut, and more recently The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Featured with Ernie will be Tateng Katindig (piano), Richard Simon (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums), and Rickey Woodard (tenor sax).
July 20, 2016: James Morrison Band
Known as “The Wonder From Down Under,” James Morrison plays trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophone, double bass and piano. He has performed at major festivals in Europe, playing with giants including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis. On April 30, 2016, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed James Morrison to the White House as part of the annual International Jazz Day Celebration, including the all-star lineup of Aretha Franklin, Sting, Chick Corea, Diana Krall and many other jazz notables. James’ special guests are his talented sons, William on guitar and Harry on bass, along with drummer Patrick Danao.
July 27, 2016: The Four Freshmen: Curtis Calderon, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey, Bob Ferreira
Since their inception in 1948, The Four Freshmen have continued to tour worldwide, and they’re back for their sixth appearance at the Sunset Jazz series. The Freshmen were one of the top vocal groups of the 1950s and form the bridge between ‘40s ensembles like the Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock ‘n’ roll bands, such as the Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, and The Manhattan Transfer. This Freshmen appearance will be their only show in Orange County this summer.
August 3, 2016: Bill Cunliffe & Imaginacion plus Carol Bach-y-Rita, “From Rio to Havana”
Pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe studied jazz at Duke University with pianist Mary Lou Williams. The start of his career included pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band, and he also worked with Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He is winner of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. In addition to receiving five Grammy nominations, Bill is a two-time Emmy nominee. For this year’s series, Bill is presenting his all-star group, Imaginacion, in an exciting program he is calling, “From Rio to Havana,” featuring popular vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita.
August 17, 2016: Jeff Hamilton Organ Trio With Akiko Tsuruga and Graham Dechter
DownBeat Magazine writer Jeffrey Lien states, “In the world of jazz drumming, very few can match the virtuosic qualities of Jeff Hamilton.” Watching other drummers study Jeff’s technique and talents is a case of admiration and acclaim intersecting envy. Clearly one of the top drummers in the world, Jeff plays drums as if they were a Stradivarius. Jeff’s organ trio is bringing an exciting dimension to Jeff’s ever-expanding career with Akiko Tsuruga on the Hammond B3 and Graham Dechter on guitar.
August 24, 2016: Rebecca Kilgore All-Stars With Dave Tull & Dan Barrett
Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. Rebecca has over 40 recordings in her discography, including several successful discs with Dave Frishberg, Dan Barrett, Harry Allen and Nicki Parrott. Joining Rebecca will be a band of her specially selected friends and all-stars for this appearance, including Joe Bagg on piano, Dan Barrett on trombone, drummer and singer Dave Tull, and bassist Tom Wakeling in from Portland.
August 31, 2016: Byron Stripling-Bobby Floyd Quartet – Satchmo & Beyond
A spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leader of his own quartet and constantly in demand to play with pops orchestras around the world. The happiness that exudes through his trumpet and his vocals is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong yet very much his own. Joining Byron in their sixth SJN appearance will be jazz organist Bobby Floyd. Also featured in the quartet will be guitarist Graham Dechter, who is making his third appearance at this year’s summer series, and the highly respected drummer Joe LaBarbera.
September 7, 2016: Barbara Morrison’s Birthday Celebration With Rickey Woodard Quintet
With Barbara’s 67th birthday right around the corner on September 10, celebrating her special day has become a tradition at Sunset Jazz at Newport. As a fan favorite at Sunset Jazz as well as the Newport Beach Jazz Party, Barbara has dazzled music lovers worldwide as she delivers rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of jazz, blues, gospel and pop songs. Joining Barbara will be another fan favorite, Rickey Woodard, along with Stuart Elster (piano), Richard Simon (bass) and Lee Spath (drums).
September 14, 2016: Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band – CD Release Party
Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger and performer, Gordon Goodwin performs with his rarely presented Little Phat Band, the mini-sized version of his Big Phat Band, consisting of tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass (acoustic) and drums. A keyboardist and woodwind player, Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and playing skills. Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Quincy are just a few of the artists with whom he has worked. And you never know who might want to sit in with the band just to stretch out with the who’s who of the Hollywood studio scene!
Check out details on the complete lineup.
Performances run two hours.
The Fine Print
Offer does not include ticketing fees. Information on how you'll receive or pick up your tickets along with any date-specific advisories or restrictions will be provided to you in checkout.