Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

This year’s Newport Beach Jazz Party should be more festive the ever as it celebrates both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend at the Marriott Hotel Newport Beach in Orange County, California.

Promoted by Joe Rothman and John McClure, this annual party, along with one on Labor Day, are among the longest running and most successful of this type event in the world. The two entrepreneurs started 12 years ago at the Irvine Marriott, with Newport added three years later. The upcoming will …

Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cassandra Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling all these jazz greats and more will appear at the 51st annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The three-day weekend will be held at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

Besides the large outdoor Jimmy Lyons Arena Stage, musical events will be held in four other venues on the grounds Dizzy’s Den, the Bill Berry Stage, the outdoor Garden Stage and the intimate Coffee House Gallery. In addition, the majorit …

The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will feature a variety of jazz and blues greats with a total of 500 artist, performing on eight stages at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

Hardliners Include Harry Connick, Jr., Dianne Reeves, Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes,Ahmad Jamal, Roy Hargrove Big Band and Billy Childs with the Kronos Quartet.

As well, the festival will include many international jazz groups and musicians, such as Septeto Nacional de Cuba, L …

This is the best of times for jazz musician Ken Peplowski, renowned clarinet and tenor sax player. So good in fact, it was difficult for him to find time to talk by phone in June. Having just returned from playing dates in Italy, he was in the midst of performing in New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, and cutting a CD with the Bill Charlap Trio. "It never rains, but it pours...but it is great to be busy," he says.

Indeed, and there is no respite in sight. He will soon be on his way to more festival …


Jack Sheldon

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Jack Sheldon, a beacon for some 60 years on the West Coast jazz scene, is having a very good year. At 76, the celebrated trumpet player, vocalist, bandleader and TV personality, is the subject of a new documentary film, while his jazz career continues to accelerate.

He was there when the so-called West Coast Jazz, a cooled-down version of hard bop was born. He calls himself a "survivor" from the period. "Only a few of us are left. Bud Shank is another," he says. Jack and alto sax player Shank …

Jazz great Sonny Rollins is gearing up for an ambitious touring season which will take him from the West Coast (April 3 at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall and April 5 at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California)then East for appearances at Kennedy Center, April 18, and Morristown, N.J., April 26.

In May he will play in Japan, Korea and Singapore. After resting in June, his sextet will travel to France and Italy in July, returning in August to play three U.S. Festivals. Cat …

Bobby McFerrin, master of all music, a man whose career embraces, jazz, pop and classical, has one busy schedule coming up in 2008. This world famous vocal innovator and improviser, who added classical to his repertoire in the nineties, begins the year in Southern California with a concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Jan 10-12, with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducting Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, "Italian," and vocally taking part in Vivald …
A new record was set for the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival with 45,000 tickets sold for the three days all this in spite of rain which came midway Friday evening.

The brief showers didn’t dampen spirits here. Those wanting shelter came into one the several inside venues, including the large Jazz Theater where the concert was televised, joining those who didn't have tickets for the outside Jimmy Lyons Stage.

On the stellar program were stars who participated in the first-ever festival in 1958

What could be groovier, sitting back, sailing on the sparkling blue Balboa Bay in Newport, listening to jazz from some of the world’s best players. Making it even better feasting on delicious food from sumptuous buffet tables nearby.

Well, that’s the scene during the Sunday Jazz Brunch, a highlight of each Labor Day Weekend West Coast Jazz Party, now in its 13th year at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Orange County, CA. The cruise is on board the Hornblower Entertainer, which sailed this year fr

Great jazz was seen and heard this last President’s Weekend at the 7th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party before sell-out crowds. As well, since these four-day events began, the music seemed better than ever this year.

Thursday night through Sunday night, there were performances virtually every hour of the day breakfast jazz brunches, afternoon Pool Stage sessions and, of course, evening concerts in the Grand Pacific Ballroom And, if that were not enough for afficionados to get their fill, every

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