Among the over 50 musicians featured this year will saxophonists Scott Hamilton, Houston Person and Harry Allen; trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos and Carl Saunders; trombonists Mike Fahn and Wycliffe Gordon; pianists Benny Green, Bill Cunliffe and Gerald Clayton; bass players John Clayton and Peter Washington; drummers Winard Harper and Jeff Hamilton; guitarists Henry Johnson and Frank Potenza. Vocalists include Barbara Morrison and Sue Raney.
Kicking things off Thursday night will be The Four Freshmen and flutist Holly Hofmann with her group. Throughout the weekend musicians will be featured with their regular groups, as well as mixing in with their peers which often produces the most stimulating sets.
From Friday on there will Pool Stage sessions during the afternoons and evening shows in the Grand Ballroom. After-hour jams and dances will be held in the Baycliff Room.
In addition, a Saturday night highlight will be a Salute to Horace Silver and Sunday night an all-star orchestra will present A tribute to Count Basie.
For ticket information, call (949) 759-5003;www.newportbeachjazzparty.com