New Gig At Home In San Diego!

Croce's 1March 2013

Mike and I have started a new quartet gig here in San Diego, and have worked out our travel schedule so we can do every other Tuesday at the venerable downtown night spot, Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Club. The food is great and you can join us in the bar for dinner. We start at 7:30 and play until 11 or so.

Address: 802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 233-4355
We are playing a huge variety of music, from standards and originals, to music from our latest recording, Turn Signal. Mike plays some trio spots, and we occasionally invite special guests, including a new face on the San Diego jazz scene, amazing tenor saxophonist Ben Schachter.
Here are the dates through the summer:
March 19
April 2, 16, 30
May 14, 28
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 6, 20

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Holly Hofmann at the 2012 Roswell (NM) Jazz Festival

Holly Hofmann will be performing throughout the 2012 Roswell Jazz Festival from Oct. 12-13, with several performances each day, including:

Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pecos Flavors Winery

Friday, Oct. 12, at 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Courthouse Lawn.

Friday at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peppers.

Friday at 9:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., first with the Bucky Pizzarelli Five then at the night ending jam session at the Sally Port Inn.

Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., first a free horn seminar then at a free Latin rhythm seminar, at Ginsberg Music.

Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with several performances at the Sally Port Inn.

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Counting down the hours until the Oregon Coast Jazz Party begins!

Holly Hofmann, Music Director

Favorites, new faces and Oregon’s finest, all headline at the 2012 Oregon Coast Jazz Party! I am taking a year off from performing this year, so I can sit back and enjoy my friends’ artistry. No matter what kind of jazz you like the best, you’ll find it in your program, from the amazing, classic Clayton Brothers Quintet, to the swinging Atsuko Hashimoto, directly from Japan! And new this year: A Musical History of Jazz Piano with Bill Mays.

Don’t forget to pick up a CD or two by your favorites and get them signed on Saturday at 4 p.m., where you can join me in welcoming the internationally renowned group of jazz musicians we’ve invited to Newport this year. And a special thank you to all of you for supporting America’s classical music: JAZZ.

– Holly Hofmann, Music Director of the Oregon Coast Jazz Party

The ninth international jazz event formerly known as Jazz at Newport is now the Oregon Coast Jazz Party! The event brings world-class jazz to the central Oregon coast in the “jazz party” format, which means that visiting musicians will appear in different combinations at different times, known as “sets,” over the course of the jazz party. Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2012 runs Oct. 5-7 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport, Oregon.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is the organizational sponsor of the international event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in the production of the festival.

The party’s focus has always been to present world-class jazz in a beautiful coastal setting – and this year is no different: Music Director Holly Hofmann has put together a roster of such jazz greats as the Clayton Brothers Quintet – composed of Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Gerald Clayton, Terell Stafford and Obed Calvaire – as well as Bill Mays, Denise Donatelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Chuck Redd and Atsuko Hashimoto. Dave Captein, Gary Hobbs, Tony Pacini, Kenny Washington, and Tom Wakeling round out the roster.

Seven sets occurring over three days showcase the extraordinary versatility of these musicians. The festival’s “TGIF Opening Night” Set 1 powerhouse on Friday, Set 5’s “Super Saturday Night” and Set. 7’s “The Wrap Session” on Sunday give many opportunities to see various combinations of world-class jazz musicians. An all-artist jam session, at the end of Set 7, brings the jazz party to a rousing close.

Hofmann scheduled innovative combinations for the rest of the sets during the festival as well: Set 3’s “History of the Jazz Piano” features Bill Mays playing the music of his mentors (narrated by acclaimed jazz journalist Doug Ramsey) and Set 4’s “The Jazz Sampler” presents solo, duo, trio and quartet performances on Saturday.

Ken Peplowski

Late-night jazz nightcap sets are also in the cards for Friday and Saturday nights on Oct. 5 and 6 at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel. On Friday, vocalist Kenny Washington performs with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Graham Dechter, bassist Dave Captein and drummer Obed Calvaire, while on Saturday, the legendary vibes-player Chuck Redd joins Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Graham Dechter on guitar, John Clayton on bass and Gary Hobbs on drums.

The education component of the festival promotes instruction and outreach through a free “Interactive Jazz Panel” discussion on Sunday, Oct. 7, and through three jazz clinics for adult and student players on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. An event tradition, this year’s jazz panel features John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and Kenny Washington, hosted by Holly Hofmann. Audience participation is encouraged and there is no admission fee to attend.

Jazz clinics round out the educational opportunities for jazz fans. This year, clinics are scheduled with guitarist Graham Dechter on Thursday, Oct. 4; with Jeff Clayton for alto sax on Friday, Oct. 5; and with Ken Peplowski for clarinet and tenor sax players on Saturday, Oct. 6. Clinic fee (per session) is $15 for adults, free for students aged 18 and under, and registration forms are available on the event website,

For a brochure, more information and tickets, visit or call (541) 265-ARTS (2787).

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Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2012

Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2012

October 5-7, 2012

Newport Performing Arts Center

Great jazz and jazz lovers, together on the beautiful Oregon coast!

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is proud to announce the lineup for the 2012 event, assembled by music director Holly Hofmann.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2012 is October  5-7 in Newport, Oregon, at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. Visit us at:

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the founding organizational sponsor of the event, partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in its production. Performances will take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party follows the “jazz party” format, which means that the musicians appear in different combinations called “sets” during the three-day event.

The festival’s focus has always been to present world-class jazz in a beautiful coastal setting – and this year is no different: Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann has put together a terrific lineup this year, one that is certain to please even the most discriminating jazz fan. These are some of the most important performing in jazz today.

THE 2012 JAZZ AT NEWPORT LINEUP (October 5-7):
Clayton Brothers Quintet (with Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Obed Calvaire)
Graham Dechter – guitar
Denise Donatelli – vocals
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Jeff Hamilton – drums
Atsuko Hashimoto – B3 organ
Bill Mays – piano
Ken Peplowski – clarinet
Chuck Redd – drums/vibes
Kenny Washington – vocals


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Holly Hofmann / Mike Wofford at the National Flute Convention in Las Vegas

Holly Hofmann will join Pearl Flutes at this year’s National Flute Convention in Las Vegas from Aug.  9-12.

It will be all things flute at Cesar’s Palace.  As a Pearl Flutes artist Holly will be in the company’s booth, performing a short Pearl Showcase, and at a Jazz Night on Saturday.

Mike’s trio will be playing with Holly and other jazz players, including Ali Ryerson, Zachary Kellogg and Billy Kerr.

For the complete schedule and lots of info go to:

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​Jazz at Newport becomes the Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2012!

For the last five years, I have been the Music Director at a great jazz party in Newport, Oregon. This year we’ve booked another amazing roster of artists and if you haven’t attended before, this is the year!

A gorgeous time of year on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party runs from Oct. 5-7, and you’ll hear internationally acclaimed jazz musicians coming to Newport from as far away as Japan and as close as Portland. For more information, click here.

This year’s lineup includes such steller players as the Clayton Brothers Quintet with Terell Stafford, Denise Donatelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski and many more.

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One of My Favorite Places: Oregon!

While Oregon Coast Jazz Party meetings are happening in Newport, Oregon, the first week in April, we have a couple little concerts:

In Portland: April 6, 2012

Holly Hofmann / Mike Wofford Quartet featuring Tom Wakeling (bass) and Todd Strait (drums).

La Cave at the Brasserie Montmartre

626 SW Park Ave.

Portland, OR


Then, to beautiful Ashland, Oregon, home of the famous Shakespeare Festival:

Holly Hofmann & Mike Wofford
No More Blues
The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim
Music In The Mountains Series
April 7 ~ 7 p.m.
The Old Siskiyou Barn

Tickets: $25/$20 for Siskiyou Institute Members.For reservations, please call 541-488-3869 or e-mail:

Reservations are highly recommended

The Siskiyou Institute welcomes back alto flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford for an evening of music composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Holly will perform most of the evening on the alto flute and will feature some of Jobim¹s most beloved works, like Girl from Ipanema and No More Blues, as well as his lesser known compositions, such as Song of the Jet, Luiza, and Agua de Beber. The combination of Holly’s beautiful tone and Mike’s sensitive accompaniment is particularly suited to the beauty of Jobim¹s compositions.

All About Jazz writes, “This project presents Holly and Mike at their lyrical best, filled with vibrant in-the-moment creativity and sensuous Brazilian ambience.”

“Holly Hofmann has single-handedly destroyed the stereotype of the delicate female flutist, thanks to her muscular attack and improvisational abandon.”

– Los Angeles Times

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