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Summer Cometh: Are you ready?

Newport, Oregon Buzzes with Jazz, Wine All Summer

(Newport, Oregon) – Oregon’s coast is known for many things, but being a jazz destination is a new one. Leave it to Newport, on the central coast, to reinvent itself as the jazz mecca of western Oregon, even rivaling Portland, with Newport’s huge upcoming festival and a few other venues diving deep into the swing thing.

For a town of its size, Newport has an extraordinary number of active venues, bringing a whole new level to the tourism business that dominates the town. Especially in the Nye Beach area, this beachy resort will be filled with sounds of jazz throughout the summer – climaxing in the great Jazz At Newport festival happening September 7 – 10.

The fun doesn’t end with the engaging sounds of this uniquely American musical art form. Newport augments its jazz scene with exceptional cuisine and fine wines, creating an experience that again not only rivals the listening and club-going experience of Portland, but Newport’s culinary and wine fireworks trump the Portland scene hands down.

Blu Cork Wine Bar is the now-legendary hotspot for jazz and other forms, with live music happening every weekend year round. This is all done with some of the best wines of the northwest and the world close at hand, and the cutting-edge gourmet cuisine created by the Trusty family.

Blu Cork’s full live music schedule is listed below.

Then there are the Jazz Fridays at the Newport Performing Arts Center, where jazz floats through the air every Friday.

The Jazz Friday Series, presented by the Jazz at Newport Festival, highlights local jazz musicians in a coastal setting. All shows, which begin at 7 p.m., are performed in front of the enormous, ocean view window at the Newport Performing Arts Center, in the center’s lobby.

The performances lead up to the Jazz at Newport Festival and its shows and lectures all over Newport, September. 7 – 10.

The series also features fine Northwest wines and light dinner fare prepared Newport restaurant Quimby’s. Chef Mike Downing is showcasing wineries Chateau Bianca, Chateau Lorane, Kramer Vineyards, Namaste, Pioneer Hopyard, Stangeland Vineyards, Saginaw, Secret House Vineyards, Brandborg and David Hill.

Cost per person is $5. Call (541) 265-ARTS for tickets.

The music lineup for Jazz Fridays:

July 21 - Bill Hartsell and Richard Sharpless (Solo jazz guitarists featuring two unique styles).

July 28 - David Hutson Quartet (David Hutson, saxophone; Ron Green, bass; Pat George, piano; Rick LaDoux, drums; and Patti George vocals).

August 4 - Greg Ernst Duo (Greg Ernst on guitar with bassist Cory Culberhouse).

August 11 - Chance Planet (Joshua Carson, drums; Steve Williams, bass; Gary Baker, guitar; and Joe Armenio, keyboards).

August 18 - Uneven Surface (Gerrard Bellavita, guitar; Peter Lawson, trumpet; Kathleen Rich, piano; Barbara LePine, drums; Steve Williams, bass; John Trullinger, saxophone/flute; and Sue McEneny, vocals).

August 25 - Twisted Gypsy (Evans Longshore, bass; Randy Davenport, guitar; and Jim Cuoni, fiddle).

September 1 - Perpetua (Randy Madnick, percussion; Steve Burkle, piano; Steve Cook, bass; Joshua Carson, drums; and Bill Hartsell, guitar).

The 2006 Summer Jazz Series is sponsored by Animal Medical Care, Barney & Larkin Construction, Coast Graphic Arts Media, Robert Connell, Attorney at Law, Forinash Gallery, Grimstad & Associates, Holistic Counseling Center, Holt Mortgage, Jerilyn & Co., Life Cycle Financial Planning, New York Life Insurance, Oceana Natural Foods Co-op, Oregon Coast Appraisal, reNvision and The Wood Gallery.

At Blu Cork Wine Bar, this coming weekend is “diva weekend,” featuring two of Blu Cork’s more popular female attractions.

July 21 - Halie Loren returns with her band (pop fused with jazz).

July 22 - Beth Willis (acoustic goddess of fun: alternative folk, blues and jazz)

July 27 - Darrell Grant and 1 O'clock Jump (pianist with his jazz trio)

July 28 - John Bringetto (jazz, trumpet)

July 29 - Sons of Beaches (light rock and folk, with a touch of Jimmy Buffet)

August 4 - Sons of Beaches

August 5 - Gregory Ernst Duo

August 12 - Tim Trautman (pianist)

August 18 & 19 - Beth Willis

August 24 - Annie Averre and Mike Horsfall (jazz)

August 25 - David Hutson and Jazz All Stars

August 26 - Sons of Beaches

September 1 - David Hutson and Jazz All Stars

September 8 - Tall Jazz (Portland jazz trio, part of Jazz at Newport festival)

September 9 - Halie Loren (singer, part of Jazz at Newport festival)

All shows 7 p.m. and free. Blu Cork Wine Bar is at 613 SW Third Street, Newport. 541-265-2257.


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THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

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In Awe of AstoriaASTORIA
Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history
Serenity in SeasideSEASIDE
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches
Cavort in Cannon BeachCANNON BEACH
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca
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Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Time Trip Around Tillamook BayTILLAMOOK BAY
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
Triple the Pleasure in 3 CapesTHREE CAPES LOOP
The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City
Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
Divine Depoe BayDEPOE BAY
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Nature in NewportNEWPORT
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Staggering Seal RockWALDPORT / SEAL ROCK
Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks
Aargh, there's no alliteration with Yachats - but it IS unbelievableYACHATS
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale
Unsurpassable Upper LaneUPPER LANE COUNTY
25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders
Fine Times in FlorenceFLORENCE
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes




Lincoln City Vacation Homes There’s something for everyone among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies, depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments. Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.



STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com