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15th West Coast Jazz Party Set for Labor Day

Ken Peplowski

The 15th annual West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise will be held over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-6) at the Irvine, Calif. Marriott Hotel and Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer.

The party will center on a large stage nightly at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. on Thursday night only) with reserved seating, and conclude each night with an “up close and personal” acoustic lobby bar session, wrapping up well after midnight. Late afternoon lobby sessions will also feature artists in an acoustic setting.

*Kicking off this 15th year will be the Grand Opening Sessions on Thursday evening featuring two sets with the Four Freshmen, including 5 Trombones and the Ken Peplowski All-Stars.

*Featured on Friday evening will be vibist Terry Gibbs and his quartet with Ken Peplowski, the Grant Stewart Quartet, Byron Stripling Quintet and closing the night, Ernie Andrews and Houston Person,

*Saturday evening will feature the Paul Smith Trio, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Byron Stripling and Harold Jones, followed by Marilyn Maye and her trio featuring Tedd Firth, plus the Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.

*Sunday night’s closing sessions will include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, a tribute to Rosemary Clooney by Debby Boone with musical director John Oddo, Charlie Shoemake’s tribute to George Shearing with Terry Trotter, Luther Hughes, Colin Bailey and Ron Anthony, plus big band meets Broadway with Byron Stripling’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

Also featured will be Dan Barrett, Chuck Berghofer and his Midnight Jazz Band, Jim DeJulio, Matt Finders, Gary Foster, Paul Kreibich, Andy Martin, Jon Mayer Trio, Roy McCurdy, Ira Nepus, Tom Ranier, Bob Summers, Terry Trotter, and Scott Whitfield!

Tickets are now available for the complete four night, three-day package (over 33 hours of jazz), including the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise. Prices are $335-375. Individual reserved seats are priced at $60-$75 for evening performances and $40-50 for the Grand Opening Sessions, $30 each for “Friday & Saturday by the Pool” and $79 for the Jazz Brunch Cruise (space available). For tickets to the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, call the Jazzline at 949.759.5003 or for complete artist appearance times and an order form or visit West Coast Jazz Party.

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