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Ocean Institute’s Jazz Festival

Opening night on Friday, March 2 features a pre-concert reception and pre-party showcasing tastes and pairings from the best local restaurants, with VIP and standing room tickets available. The Premier Gala on Saturday, March 3 features a reception, and a 5-course dinner from the Executive Chefs at Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach and Park Hyatt Aviara.

The 16th annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival will feature jazz artists including four-time Grammy nominee Jeffrey Osborne, renowned cosmopolitan saxophonist Michael Paulo and R&B driven guitarist Paul Brown, among others.

Since its inception in 2003, the Ocean Institute’s Jazz Festival has raised funds to benefit hands-on, marine science educational programs that focus on giving the gift of the ocean to children who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. Prices vary per date and more information and tickets can be found at

The annual fundraiser combines philanthropy with world-class jazz to support the Adopt-a-Class program that benefits more than 10,000 underserved students in Southern California.“This annual event raises funds and awareness for an educational cornerstone in Dana Point Harbor,” said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “The Ocean Institute provides an unforgettable learning experience for thousands of students annually, and the two-night seaside jazz celebration is vital to their philanthropic endeavors.”

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