A group of Jazz lovers from Palm Springs including my friend, Beverly Jensen Leys recently traveled to Corona Del Mar, CA to attend the 13th Annual "Newport Beach Jazz Party". I asked Beverly if she would do a "guest" blog and tell us what she saw and heard on the day she attended.
My Day At The Newport Jazz Party Explosion
By Beverly Jensen Leys
On Saturday, February 16, my friends and I witnessed and enjoyed some of the world's finest musicians. Our first stop was the beautiful and elegant Ritz Restaurant. My friends and I had the perfect table right in front of the band which consisted of Graham Dechter on Guitar (my nephew) Llew Mathews on Piano and Scott Hamilton on Alto Sax. They were a wonderful and exciting trio. We enjoyed every minute.
The following group was also trio consisting of Brian Nova, Doug Macdonald and Bruce Foreman, all of who played guitars with Danny Flahive on Bass. They provided additional wonderful and exciting sounds.
We then strolled across the street to the Marriott for the big evening performances by the great musicians at the Newport Jazz Party. Our table was not as close to the stage as we would have liked, but there was no problem hearing every musician. First up was James Morrison from Australia who was fantastic on Trumpet, Bass and Trombone. The always great, Jeff Hamilton Trio plus Brian Nova accompanied him.
The Jeff Hamilton Trio performed again with Jeff on Drums, Tamir Handelman on Piano and Christoph Luty on Bass. WOW... what a band and after three tunes Jeff brought out a special guest, my nephew, Graham Dechter to play Guitar. His playing was phenomenal and brought down the house.
Next was Ernie Andrews who is a great performer and singer. He was backed by my dear friend Richard Simon on Bass, Jeff on Drums and Eric Reed on Piano. They were fabulous!
The Last group was Houston Person on Tenor Sax, Ken Peplosky, Gary Foster, Chuck Berghofer and friends.
The entire Newport Explosion begins on Friday and goes until Sunday night. We were only there for one day.......but what a day!! We returned to Palm Springs around 3:00 a.m., and it was worth every minute. We are already making plans to go again next year, and you should do the same.
|Bob Scofield, Jane Bush Betty Johnson, Beverly Jensen Leys and Cliff Johnson|
A/K/A The Dynamic Five