Sunset Jazz at Bayside Supper Club Series Starts Nov. 2

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Bria Skonberg

The producers of the very successful Sunset Jazz at Newport summer series, Joe Rothman and John McClure, have returned to present their special nights of dining and music at a venue renowned for its cuisine and live music concerts.

Sunset Jazz at Bayside is what Rothman and McClure are calling their “Supper Club” edition, and it’s a perfect pairing of top jazz singers and musicians with exquisite cuisine, all offered in Bayside’s tented pavilion.

The series starts Tuesday, Nov. 2 and continues on select Tuesdays through December 14. Advance reservations are required. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The music is 6 to 8 p.m. Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Dr. in Newport Beach.

Tickets are $55 to $65. Bayside Restaurant requires a minimum of $25 per person. Corkage Fee is $18. Fee Valet Parking. To view the Bayside menu, go to: www.baysiderestaurant.com/menu.

For tickets and more information, visit www.SunsetJazzatNewport.com.

Concert Lineup:

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Roberta Gambarini Quartet, featuring Alex Brown (piano), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums).

This Italian songstress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The LA Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Jazz festivals around the world such as Barbados, Monterey and the North Sea.  Additionally, Roberta has performed with Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, and Toots Thielemans, among many others. Gambarini returns to Newport Beach where she dazzled audiences at the 2013 Newport Beach Jazz Party. “Gambarini is a true successor to Ella, Sarah and Carmen” (Boston Globe).

Tuesday, Nov. 16: Bria Skonberg Quintet, featuring NYC trumpeter & vocalist Bria Skonberg, Rickey Woodard (tenor), Jim Cox (piano), Mike Gurrola (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).

“Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth” said the New York Times, while the Wall Street Journal said she is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Vanity Fair called her “a millennial shaking up the jazz world.”

Tuesday, Dec.7: Carol Welsman Quartet featuring Dave Tull (drums/vocals), Hussain Jiffry (bass), Mitchell Long (guitar/vocals).

This evening celebrating The Great American Songbook features six-time JUNO Award-nominated jazz vocalist and pianist Carol Weisman, who returns to Sunset Jazz with her quintet featuring Dave “I Just Want to Get Paid” Tull, Hussain Jiffry (Herb Alpert) and Mitchell Long, an extraordinary guitarist & vocalist. “Blessed with so many musical gifts-taste, time, projection and a rhythmic sense of when to change chords—Carol’s piano playing is beyond reproach, warm yet rhythmically sharp, giving her voice a perfect hammock of support to swing in” said Rex Reed.

Tuesday, Dec. 14: John Proulx Quartet featuring Carl Saunders (trumpet), Alex Frank (bass), Dean Koba (drums).

A Grammy-winning composer and recording artist, Proulx will perform his tribute to Nat King Cole and Chet Baker, along with special guest Carl Saunders. Look for a few jazzy holiday tunes this evening. John’s piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. This series finale concert will set the perfect tone for getting everyone in the mood for the Holiday season.

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