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Get jazzed on the Oregon coast

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party returns for its 16th year on Oct. 4, filling the Newport Performing Arts Center with the smooth sounds of the saxophone, bass, piano, drums, trumpet, clarinet and flute, as well as timeless vocal performances.

Whether you’ve been a fan of jazz for decades or days, this festival has something for everyone to enjoy — all in the beautiful town of Newport.

This annual festival brings renowned jazz talent from around the country to put on stunning shows. This year, music directors Holly Hofmann and Ken Peplowski — both of whom will also perform — present a roster featuring Dave Captein on bass; Roxy Coss on soprano sax, tenor sax and flute; Dena DeRose on vocals and piano; Gary Hobbs on drums; guitarist Larry Koonse; drummer Lewis Nash; Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals; Houston Person on tenor sax; pianist Randy Porter; Terell Stafford on trumpet; vocalist Veronica Swift; drummer Matt Wilson; bassist Martin Wind and pianist Mike Wofford.

Tickets vary in price among the seven sessions, but there’s room for everyone to come in and listen. Not to mention, the party also offers a free lecture and demonstration with pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose on Oct. 5. As the professor of jazz voice at the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, DeRose knows how to teach a thing or two to newbies who haven’t experienced much jazz.

And when you’re not in the concert hall, Newport has endless options for food, fun and fresh air. Come experience the Oregon Coast Jazz Party a celebration of live jazz and the fans who enjoy it by the ocean.