Jazz. It swept the country with such force in the 1920s that a cultural time period was named for it. Evolving through innumerable styles, movements and surges in popularity, jazz continues to reflect and create American culture at the same time.

Enjoy great jazz in a great setting at the second annual Jazz at Newport Festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9 through 11. The three-day event will feature world-class musicians at the Newport Performing Arts Center and local bookstores, bistros and galleries.

Presented by founding sponsor West Coast Bank, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and 2005 Master Jazz Artist Mel Brown, the event will be headlined by Marlena Shaw backed by the Mel Brown Quartet. Other well-known artists include Jenna Mammina, Cami Thompson backed by Swing Shift, Barbara Blair joined by the David Hutson Quartet, Marilyn Keller with Tall Jazz, Eleven Eyes, and the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band.

Interspersed throughout the weekend will be free educational workshops, lectures and jazz dialogues that offer attendees an opportunity to learn from, listen to and talk with their favorite jazz artists.

"We want to promote the jazz art form and ensure it stays alive and well through audience participation and education of our youth," said Claire Little, cochairwoman of the Jazz at Newport Committee. "Newport and the Oregon Coast make the perfect backdrop for listeners to experience the best of local, regional and world-class jazz musicians."

Tickets may be purchased for individual performances or as a package for one, two or three days. For tickets or additional information, call (888) 701-7123 or visit www.JazzAtNewport.org

Do you have a suggestion for how readers can enjoy their weekend on the coast? Send comments by Monday the week of publication to Coast Weekend, P.O. Box 210, Astoria, OR 97103 or e-mail kstrecker@dailyastorian.com

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