Max Weinberg To Kick Off The Newport Jazz Series

Max Weinberg will open this year's Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series. The longest running jazz series in the country at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach debuts on June 25 with Weinberg, the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and Conan O'Brien's lead/band drummer since 1993.

Following Weinberg's performance are 14 revered jazz acts embodying exceptionally talented vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

"This year's outstanding group of performers showcase a range of jazz sonance from traditional to contemporary and smooth jazz, to R&B and big band," said Event Producer and Promoter Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald of Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc. "Max will open the series performing swinging arrangements of material from Bruce Springsteen, Beatles, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, and more."

Weinberg has performed with the likes of Paul McCartney, Sting, Tom Jones, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bono of U2, and Levon Helm. He has also has performed in the East Room of the White House with the Navy Big Band the Grammy Awards, and the televised Presidential Inaugural Galas. He also served as the music director for Comic Relief starring Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal in 1998.
Following are the show dates and performers:
June 25 Max Weinberg Big Band with 12 piece Horn Section
July 4 Sax Pack - Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Jackiem Joyner with Nick Colionne
July 9 Warren Hill
July 16 Norman Brown's Summer Storm with Phil Perry, Jessy J & Brenda Russell
July 23 Mindi Abair with Special Guest Keb Mo
July 30 Guitars and Saxes with Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum Jeff Golub & Peter White
August 6 Bobby Caldwell with 14 piece Big Band
August 13 Fourplay
August 20 Steve Tyrell
August 27 The Rippingtons
Sept. 3 Special Guest TBA
Sept. 10 David Sanborn
Sept. 17 Special Guests TBA
Sept. 24 Euge Groove with Special Guests Paul Brown & Marc Antoine
Oct. 1 Peter White

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