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A Two-day Extravaganza

The Ocean Institute's popular Jazz Festival combines some of the jazz world's most renowned artists with elegant epicurean dining, cocktails and wine reception, as well as live and silent auctions. Since its beginning in 2003, this extraordinary event has raised over one million dollars to benefit Ocean Institute hands-on, ocean-based educational programs. Please support the Ocean Institute and join us at this year's Red Hot Jazz Festival!

We are pleased to announce our 14th annual Ocean Institute Red Hot Jazz Festival will be held on January 22 & 23, 2016. We are very excited the musicians performing this year will include Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Louis Price!

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM SOLD OUT

Opening night offers a silent auction and wine reception with a selection of fine wines and hors d'oeuvres located at multiple food stations hosted by local restaurants. There will also be a dessert and coffee offering concluding the reception followed by the jazz concert performance. Friday's event is limited to 300 guests.

Wait list available. Email your name and phone number to to be added to the Friday waitlist.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Saturday is the Premier Evening at the Ocean Institute and features a Gala Gourmet Dinner and Jazz Performance. The elegant, intimate affair includes a cocktail reception with passed canapés and an award-winning, four-course taste extravaganza. This year's host chef will be Rob Wilson, the executive chef of the Montage Laguna Beach. He will be spearheading the creation of a menu unique to this event prepared by celebrated executive chefs from local resorts. The evening also includes connoisseur silent and live auctions.


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