Welcome to Just Jazz

We are a small non profit group of jazz lovers passionate about America’s own music.  We produce jazz concerts, house parties and sponsor educational events such as workshops and jazz camps.

Just Jazz is dedicated to preserving jazz not just for our enjoyment but for the enjoyment of future generations.

Just Jazz is collaborating with the Lodge at Otter Crest which provides a perfect back drop to Sunday afternoon events overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests can select from a wide selection of menu items from the Lodge’s offerings to complement an afternoon of jazz.

Just Jazz will hold a “one of a kind” house party featuring Mike Wofford (on an antique Steinway) and Holly Hoffman (flute).  This is a rare opportunity to experience jazz in an intimate setting where you can interact directly with the artists.  Seating will be VERY limited.

 

Mike Wofford is a legendary jazz pianist, having long-time associations as music director for the two most prominent jazz singers in history–Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Of Wofford, famed saxophonist Benny Golson said, “I could sum up Mike in one word: quintessential. He is the essence of a jazz pianist in his purest and most concentrated form.”

In 1989, he became pianist and music director for Ella Fitzgerald, until her retirement in 1992. Wofford toured South America, Europe and Japan as pianist and music director for Sarah Vaughan. Earlier in his career, his first professional performances were with the legendary Lighthouse All-Stars and the bands of Teddy Edwards, Red Norvo, Chet Baker, Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers. It was during this time that he appeared on his first jazz recordings, as well as recording his first albums as a leader.

By the late 1960s, Wofford was a busy free-lance session player in Los Angeles, playing on recording dates and motion picture and TV soundtracks. He was the staff pianist on TV series such as “The Bill Cosby Show,” and was first-call pianist for Oliver Nelson. He also became active as an arranger, writing for artists such as Sergio Mendes and the Mike Barone Big Band. Zoot Sims and the Benny Carter Orchestra. Wofford continues to be one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz, working with Charles McPherson, Kevin Mahogany, Houston Person, Phil Woods, and Kenny Burrell.

 

Holly Hofmann is an internationally acclaimed jazz flutist. Hofmann takes the flute out of its stereotypical role. Audiences and promoters alike are recognizing her as the premiere jazz flutist in the country if not the world. Phil Woods, while describing her performance at the Telluride Jazz Festival, said “Along with Hubert Laws, Holly is frankly the best jazz flute player today. She has become the standard by which the flute is being judged.ernationally acclaimed jazz flutist. Hofmann takes the flute out of its stereotypical role. Audiences and promoters alike are recognizing her as the premiere jazz flutist in the count

Hofmann is a Pearl Flutes artist with twelve CDs as a leader. Born near Cleveland, Ohio, Hofmann began playing standards with her father, a jazz guitarist, when she was five years old. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Holly was encouraged by jazz flutist Frank Wess and trombonist Slide Hampton to try to have a career in jazz flute. She also formed an important partnership with Los Angeles pianist Bill Cunliffe. The two have since toured festivals and chamber venues worldwide presenting both jazz and classical compositions in brilliantly seamless arrangements.

Another major association was with the great bassist Ray Brown. Hofmann and Brown began working in New York at the Village Vanguard on a yearly basis in the mid ‘90s and in 2000 Brown began taking her on tours of the US and Europe as a guest with his trio.

In 2000, Hofmann married Wofford, often working with him in a quartet setting. Currently residing in San Diego, Hofmann is the musical director for several jazz parties and festivals including the Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport) in Oregon, and Jazz in the City at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Jazz in North Park in San Diego.

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Thank you all for attending Summer Night’s Jazz.

The rain stopped and the sun came out it time for the annual Summer Night’s Jazz.  It was a great event with Perpetua members Bill Hartsell, Randy Madnick, John Bringetto and Jim Cameron.  Joining the group were Mike Horsfall, Dave Captein, Todd Strait and Mario Flores.  Rounding out the ensemble were vocalists, Megan Walters and Gina Tapp.  The evening featured some original compositions, favorite standards and a latin theme that got folks up to dance. Thank you to all of you who made the 2014 Summer Night’s Jazz a success!

 

 

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halieloren2011_color_headshot1_300pixThank you for joining us on a beautiful spring afternoon of Jazz at Otter Crest featuring Halie Loren and trio - Matt Treder (piano), Mark Schneider (bass) and Brian West (drums) in a special performance held on Sunday May 25.  Everyone had a great time.  We promise to have Halie back again in the not too distant future.  A special thanks to sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.  JJ