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By B.W. Cook | February 17, 2012
Celebrating 10 years of jazz at The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, a sold-out crowd came together for two evenings of incredible music, fabulous food and, most importantly, a purpose of raising funds to support the institute's educational programs. They accomplished their goal with style and success, raising $180,000 net. The jazz and gourmet dining event unfolded on Feb. 3 and 4, presented by organizers at The Ocean Institute in conjunction with partners 94.7 The Wave radio, which was represented by anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon . Producer and jazz artist Rick Braun once again was at the helm of the fundraiser, joining fellow artists David Benoit and Mindi Abair in helping attract the sold-out jazz loving crowd.
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By B.W. Cook | February 3, 2010
There is a difference between the types of events produced on the Orange Coast social circuit. Those unfamiliar with them might assume that they are all pretty much the same — rubber chicken dinners prepared by hotel chefs and wealthy people jockeying for attention in designer clothes. On occasion this stereotype is accurate. However, the vast majority of gatherings attracting the attention of a diverse Newport-Mesa crowd are, first and foremost, supporting an amazing array of worthwhile causes and secondly, many of them are unique, interesting and downright fun. Saturday evening, “Jazz in January” unfolded at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, proving once again to be a unique and special occasion supporting a very worthwhile cause and entertaining the crowd — many of whom commented that it was the most fun they had had in months.
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October 15, 2004
Paul Saitowitz Rick Braun, whose nimble fingers and note-happy tongue have made him a staple in the elevatorish -- yet wildly popular -- genre of smooth jazz, was born to rock. Just look at his resume. He toured with Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. He was a member of '70s and '80s rock powerhouse War. It's plain as day. Heck, he's even from Allentown, Penn., a town immortalized by pianist Billy Joel. So how did the trumpeter, now best known for his tours with ultra-smooth jazzer Dave Koz, enter this realm?
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By B.W. COOK | February 15, 2007
The fifth annual Jazz in January celebration benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point unfolded over a two-day celebration that attracted a large contingent of support from Newport-Mesa as well as all of Orange County. The very popular party featured the talents of Rick Braun , renowned trumpeter, and Richard Elliott , a saxophonist who tours with Natalie Cole , the Pointer Sisters and Melissa Manchester . The two concerts raised significant dollars in support of the Ocean Institute and its programs aimed at students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
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By B.W. COOK | January 28, 2006
The fourth annual Jazz in January will consist of two performances this year. The opening night dinner show tonight -- benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point -- is an overflow sellout at $350 per person. Due to popular demand, organizers have created an encore event for Sunday evening. Called a Twilight Taste of Sophisticated Jazz tickets are priced at $125 for reserved seating and $95 per seat for open seating. Both events will take place at the Ocean Institute and will star jazz entertainer Rick Braun.
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By B.W. Cook | February 9, 2011
It was Jazz in January but in February. On Saturday evening, the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, celebrating the good life on the Pacific Rim in an effort to protect and preserve the precious Pacific coastline. Specifically, the institute finds its focus in education. Annual programs, funded through such events as Jazz in January, enable the institute to reach an estimated 115,000 Orange County students and visitors during the year. "Our unique immersion style educational experiences shows students how to be research scientists, tall ship sailors, expedition leaders and explorers for a few hours, a few days, and sometimes, for the rest of their lives," said Daniel Stetson , president and chief executive of the Ocean Institute.
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By B.W. Cook | January 12, 2011
Carrying bouquets of cold water roses, 13 young ladies were presented to Orange County society at the 49th Newport Harbor Debutante Ball sponsored by the Children's Home Society of California. The holiday celebration held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point was presided over by Anne Michaelsen-Yahn , president of the Children's Home Society of California's Newport Harbor auxiliary. Abigail Michaelsen , Anne Michaelsen-Yahn 's daughter, homecoming queen at Newport Harbor High School, was also among the Home Society Debutante class.
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October 14, 2004
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4295. SPECIAL EVENTS THE GRAND MASQUERADE The Stella Dance Company's annual gala fundraiser, "The Grand Masquerade," begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Village Crean, 2300 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach. The event benefits community outreach and dance scholarship programs. Cocktail attire or costume is suggested, and masks are available at the venue.
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By B.W. Cook | February 17, 2012
Celebrating 10 years of jazz at The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, a sold-out crowd came together for two evenings of incredible music, fabulous food and, most importantly, a purpose of raising funds to support the institute's educational programs. They accomplished their goal with style and success, raising $180,000 net. The jazz and gourmet dining event unfolded on Feb. 3 and 4, presented by organizers at The Ocean Institute in conjunction with partners 94.7 The Wave radio, which was represented by anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon . Producer and jazz artist Rick Braun once again was at the helm of the fundraiser, joining fellow artists David Benoit and Mindi Abair in helping attract the sold-out jazz loving crowd.
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By B.W. Cook | February 9, 2011
It was Jazz in January but in February. On Saturday evening, the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, celebrating the good life on the Pacific Rim in an effort to protect and preserve the precious Pacific coastline. Specifically, the institute finds its focus in education. Annual programs, funded through such events as Jazz in January, enable the institute to reach an estimated 115,000 Orange County students and visitors during the year. "Our unique immersion style educational experiences shows students how to be research scientists, tall ship sailors, expedition leaders and explorers for a few hours, a few days, and sometimes, for the rest of their lives," said Daniel Stetson , president and chief executive of the Ocean Institute.
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By B.W. Cook | January 12, 2011
Carrying bouquets of cold water roses, 13 young ladies were presented to Orange County society at the 49th Newport Harbor Debutante Ball sponsored by the Children's Home Society of California. The holiday celebration held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point was presided over by Anne Michaelsen-Yahn , president of the Children's Home Society of California's Newport Harbor auxiliary. Abigail Michaelsen , Anne Michaelsen-Yahn 's daughter, homecoming queen at Newport Harbor High School, was also among the Home Society Debutante class.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | February 3, 2010
There is a difference between the types of events produced on the Orange Coast social circuit. Those unfamiliar with them might assume that they are all pretty much the same — rubber chicken dinners prepared by hotel chefs and wealthy people jockeying for attention in designer clothes. On occasion this stereotype is accurate. However, the vast majority of gatherings attracting the attention of a diverse Newport-Mesa crowd are, first and foremost, supporting an amazing array of worthwhile causes and secondly, many of them are unique, interesting and downright fun. Saturday evening, “Jazz in January” unfolded at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, proving once again to be a unique and special occasion supporting a very worthwhile cause and entertaining the crowd — many of whom commented that it was the most fun they had had in months.
NEWS
By B.W. COOK | February 15, 2007
The fifth annual Jazz in January celebration benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point unfolded over a two-day celebration that attracted a large contingent of support from Newport-Mesa as well as all of Orange County. The very popular party featured the talents of Rick Braun , renowned trumpeter, and Richard Elliott , a saxophonist who tours with Natalie Cole , the Pointer Sisters and Melissa Manchester . The two concerts raised significant dollars in support of the Ocean Institute and its programs aimed at students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
NEWS
By B.W. COOK | January 28, 2006
The fourth annual Jazz in January will consist of two performances this year. The opening night dinner show tonight -- benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point -- is an overflow sellout at $350 per person. Due to popular demand, organizers have created an encore event for Sunday evening. Called a Twilight Taste of Sophisticated Jazz tickets are priced at $125 for reserved seating and $95 per seat for open seating. Both events will take place at the Ocean Institute and will star jazz entertainer Rick Braun.
NEWS
October 15, 2004
Paul Saitowitz Rick Braun, whose nimble fingers and note-happy tongue have made him a staple in the elevatorish -- yet wildly popular -- genre of smooth jazz, was born to rock. Just look at his resume. He toured with Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. He was a member of '70s and '80s rock powerhouse War. It's plain as day. Heck, he's even from Allentown, Penn., a town immortalized by pianist Billy Joel. So how did the trumpeter, now best known for his tours with ultra-smooth jazzer Dave Koz, enter this realm?
NEWS
October 14, 2004
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4295. SPECIAL EVENTS THE GRAND MASQUERADE The Stella Dance Company's annual gala fundraiser, "The Grand Masquerade," begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Village Crean, 2300 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach. The event benefits community outreach and dance scholarship programs. Cocktail attire or costume is suggested, and masks are available at the venue.
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