The Ocean Institute is preparing to celebrate 10 years of jazz.
The anticipated weekend of fine food and fabulous music will take place on Feb. 3-4 at the institute's Dana Point facility. Organizers will partner with radio station 94.7 The Wave and anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon to raise needed funds to support the ocean-orientated educational programs provided year round by the Ocean Institute.
As in years past, producer and performer Rich Braun, an internationally recognized trumpeter and composer, will be joined on stage by pianist David Benoit and saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair.
The two-night celebration kicks off Feb. 3, with a reception hosted by Pear Valley Vineyards and Il Fornaio Restaurant. A jazz concert will follow, and tickets are priced between $115 and $145 per person. Of the two performance nights, Friday is the more casual, however, reservations are required.
On Feb. 4, the grand gala gourmet dinner and show begins with a cocktail reception hosted in part by the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, with the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach sponsoring a martini bar.