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Artists Announced for 18th annual Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series


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Artists Announced for 15 Consecutive Weeks of

2010 Summer Jazz Series


Longest running jazz series in country brings

dynamic musicians to intimate setting

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. April 28, 2010 General Manager Paul Devitt of Hyatt Regency Newport Beach announced today the artist schedule for the annual Hyatt Regency Newport Beach 2010 Summer Jazz Series.  Building on the success of the past 18 years, this summer’s stellar line-up of 15 revered jazz acts embodies exceptionally talented vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

"With an ensemble of top musicians in the genre for the 2010 series, this year’s outstanding group of performers showcase a range of jazz sonance from traditional to contemporary and smooth jazz, to R&B and big band," said Event Producer and Promoter Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald of Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc.  "Our vision this year as the new event management company is to enhance the popular series with expanded talent, increase outreach to the public, heighten community involvement and sponsorships, and give an overall polished identity to grow the series for years to come."

"Our new partnership with Wendy Jayne Productions enables us to take our summer jazz series to the next level by utilizing the expertise they bring to the table for concert, event and talent management," said General Manager Paul Devitt of Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.  "As we near 20 years of this popular series, we are excited to offer an even more rewarding and robust series moving forward."

From June 25 through October 1, every Friday night  (and a special show on July 4),* a diverse collection of jazz musicians will entertain audiences  at the intimate outdoor amphitheater, surrounded by a serene and lush landscape, at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.  Following are the show dates and performers:

·         June 25                     Max Weinberg Big Band with 12 piece Horn Section

·         July 4                         Sax Pack  -  Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Jackiem                 Joyner with Nick Colionne        

·         July 9                                     Warren Hill

·         July 16                                   Norman Brown's Summer Storm with

Phil Perry, Jessy J & Brenda Russell

·         July 23rd                   Mindi Abair with Special Guest Keb Mo  

·         July 30                       Guitars and Saxes with Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum 

Jeff Golub & Peter White

·         August 6                   Bobby Caldwell with 14 piece Big Band

·         August 13                 Fourplay      

·         August 20                 Steve Tyrell

·         August 27                 The Rippingtons

·         Sept. 3                                   Special Guest TBA             

·         Sept. 10                     David Sanborn

·         Sept. 17                     Special Guests TBA

·         Sept. 24                     Euge Groove with Special Guests Paul Brown &

Marc Antoine

·         Oct. 1                                     Peter White

Tickets go on sale May 1 and can be purchased at or by calling the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach box office at (949) 729-6400.  Dinner packages, reserved seats, sky boxes and overnight accommodations are available. 

For room reservations visit Hyatt Regency Newport Beach at or call (949) 729-1234, or (800) 223-1234.

Sponsors of the Summer Jazz Series include 94.7 The Wave in L.A., Good Neighbor Pharmacy,, Kendall Jackson Wines, Korbell Champagne, Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, 92.7 Jill FM Orange County, and 102.3 KJJZ Palm Springs.


Situated on 26 beautifully landscaped acres, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach offers style and luxury in the heart of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  Minutes from Fashion Island and Balboa Island and centrally located on Jamboree and Pacific Coast Highway, the Hotel provides easy access to major attractions, local beaches and business.  With ideal setting for groups and events, this landmark hotel easily accommodates functions of all sizes, featuring high-tech meeting space and tropical outdoor venues.  With its rich blend of Pacific, Indonesian and Mediterranean styles, the Hyatt radiates the warmth and charm of this unique beach community unlike any other hotel in the area.

About Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc.

Producer Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald and his wife Wendy founded Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc. founded in 1995.  As a concert producer and promoter, Fitz has been instrumental in establishing the smooth jazz community in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.  For 12 years Fitz has partnered with the McCallum Theatre for the annual "Fitz’s Jazz Café" with over 100 shows to date featuring top name talent including Al Jarreau, Chris Botti, Patti Austin, Euge Groove,  Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Diana Krall and Manhattan Transfer to name a few.  Fitz also established the annual Wine & Music Series at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert- a 12-week jazz series every season for the past 13 years, created to benefit local charities and raising over $600,000 to date.  Fitz has produced and promoted other area concerts and he is host and announcer for various community events.   Wendy Jayne Productions has produced a number of major concert events for NBC Television, Showtime Entertainment Network, Pay-Per-View television, ABC and NBC Radio Networks, as well as stadium and arena concerts. 

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*Replacing the July 2nd performance is a special concert on Sunday, July 4th with background fireworks and other celebratory amenities.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series
  • Press Release Date: June 25, 2010 to October 1, 2010
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