Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

There they were, on stage Sunday night at the 49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, three all-time great jazz pianists Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones being honored before a sell-out crowd.

Besides celebrating established jazz giants, the three-day festival presented some of the world’s best young musicians, playing mainstream as well as smooth, blues and cutting-edge jazz in four venues on the Monterey fairgrounds. More good news this year--the MJF set an all-time record of 43,000,

It seems like everyone fans and musicians become part of one big happy family at the twice-yearly jazz parties thrown by Joe Rothman and John McClure in Orange County. That’s the feeling we got at the 6th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party this past President’s Day weekend. It was held, as usual, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. This year’s event, incidentally, Concluding with a Count Basie tribute, set an attendance record.

For fans, many of whom attend every party, it’s like going home for

At the Monterey Jazz Festival there is always something to please all types of jazz lovers.

Whether your taste is mainstream or cutting edge, contemporary or the blues, small groups or large bands, you can take your choice. In addition, you can hear a famous jazz veteran or check out up-and-coming young talent. They are all there to be seen in several venues over three days and nights packed with music. This year, September 16-18, a record crowd of 40,000 attested to the fact that, in its 48t

Jazz season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center begins this month. The schedule includes international jazz stars, such as Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard, as well as up and comers Sara Gazarek and Sachal Vasandani and highly respected veterans bill Charlap and Freddie Cole. A special tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson is included. Performances will be held in both the large Segerstrom Concert Hall and the intimate Samueli Theater.

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West Coast Jazz Party promoters Joe Rothman and John McClure announce a Sunset Jazz Summer Series at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.

Featuring such renowned stars as drummer Jeff Hamilton, saxophonist Houston Person and trumpeter Byron Stripling, concerts take place each Wednesday evening, beginning July 7 though Aug. 25. Events will take place in the Marriott's outdoor Rose garden, with two sets scheduled at 6 p.m. and 7:30.

Kicking off the series, July 7, will be the Jeff Hamilton Tr

Big bands and an array of jazz stars will be featured at the 10th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, held Feb. 11 through 14, at the Marriott Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

Kicking off the Valentine’s/Presidents Day weekend event Thursday night will be Ken Peplowski ’s Big Band Music of Benny Goodman. Clarinet player Peplowski, an alumnus of Goodman’s last band, has put together an assemblage to salute the King of Swing. Also on hand opening night will be Pat Williams’ SINATRALAND Orchest

September begins the 2009-10 jazz season impressively in Southern California’s Orange County. Starting Labor Day weekend, the annual West Coast Jazz Party kicks off the schedule, followed in short order by piano great Dave Brubeck, Sept. 24, revered vocalist Tony Bennett Sept 25, and trumpeter genius Wynton Marsalis, Oct. 1.

The Jazz Party takes place over four days, Sept. 3 to 6, at the Irvine Marriott. Brubeck’s quartet comes into nearby Cerritos Center for Performing Arts. In turn, Bennett

The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival set for three days, Sept. 18-20, will celebrate the joy of jazz with a variety of legendary performers and visionary new artists in a weekend of jazz, blues, folk, and American song with performances on multiple stages at the Monterey Fairgrounds in bucolic Monterey, California.

The Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage will be the focal point of the Festival, with a lineup that includes legendary pianist Hank Jones, saxophnonist Joe Lovano, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orches

A woody Herman tribute and the presentation of a hit jazz musical, along with the appearances of two great jazz orchestra these are highlights of next month’s Valentine’s Day Weekend Jazz Party, Feb. 12 through 15 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Orange County, California.

This annual jazz extravaganza will feature more than 50 of the world’s top jazz musicians, playing four-days of concerts, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Fans come from throughout the world. Many stay in the hotel,

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