2019 Information

WELCOME & ORIENTATION:  (Click on any words in the teal/aqua/greenish color that are hyperlinks to more information about that item)

Welcome to the 2nd biennial (every two years) Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference (JPIC) for 2019 and this year being co-sponsored by Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, CA, April 12-14, 2019.

The primary purpose of the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference is to promote philosophical investigations related to jazz.  You can see what some of these philosophical issues are by going on the editable MediaWiki website: http://PhilosophyOfJazz.net or http://poj.fm (same website, but shorter to type).  Just click on the hyperlink to open a tab to there. Any underlined text in the teal/aqua/greenish color are hyperlinks to more information about that item that opens in a new tab if clicked on.

To see what happened at the inaugural conference JPIC 2017 held at La Posada Hotel & Gardens in Winslow, AZ just click here: JPIC 2017 then click on the menu bar at top of page third item from left “2017 Conference” where you can see the Recap, Speakers, Co-Chairs, Schedule, or Information for this past JPIC 2017.

Room Locations for JPIC 2019

April 12 Friday night 8-9:30 pm in Music Building 4, Room 102
April 13 Saturday night 7-10 pm in Music Building 4, Room 102
April 14 Sunday morning 9-11 am in Music Building 4, Room 102

April 13 Saturday morning 9-noon in Social Science 101
April 13 Saturday afternoon 2-5 pm in Social Science 101

See map below for room locations

Orange Coast College map


The conference begins Friday April 12, 2019 with an invitation only Speaker’s Dinner (all speakers and their one companion are automatically invited) hosted by co-director, Dr. David C. Ring from 6 pm sharp until 7:30 p.m. at Le Chateau Garden Bistro (325 Bristol Street) located inside of the Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa. The conference runs Friday night April 12, 2019 (6-10 pm) through Sunday morning April 14 (9:00am-noon) at Orange Coast College in Music Building 4, Music Room 102 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Following dinner Friday night, transportation is provided for everyone at the Speaker’s dinner to the campus of Orange Coast College between 7:30-8:00 pm where we will assemble for the opening ceremonies for JPIC 2019 from 8:00-8:15 pm followed by Friday’s opening keynote speaker Dr. David Goldblatt (Denison University).  Click on the hyperlink to see the complete JPIC 2019 schedule.

The Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa  is the recommended place to stay during the conference boasting of “a boutique hotel surrounded by the coastal beauty of Newport Beach with Best Price Guarantee and Free Fast WiFi,  Free Airport Shuttle, Free Parking and Amenities of a Heated Pool, Whirlpool Spa, and Fitness Studio,” but it is the most expensive of the recommended hotels.

Map of Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa

The other recommended hotels are all (mostly) up and down Fairview Road in Costa Mesa, the same street where Orange Coast College (2701 Fairview Rd.) is located.

If you click on this link:


you should get this page:
OCC Hotels map for JPIC 2019

As you can see Orange Coast College (OCC) is at the center northwest on the map.  All of the prices are one night stays at nearby hotels.  If you click on their URL then click on their price in the map you can see a picture of the hotel and its star rating (most are 2 stars) and other pertinent information.  The most expensive Hotel is in upper right quadrant at $169.00 and this is Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa boutique hotel.  In terms of mobility the best hotels are all located on that diagonal line that is Fairview Road running lower left to upper right so consider those first if you don’t want the Ayres hotel.

You should book a two night stay for Friday and Saturday night’s, April 12-13, 2019.  The conference concludes Sunday April 14 at noon 🕛.

Book your flights into John Wayne airport.  If possible don’t leave on Sunday April 14 until 2 pm or later to enable your presence at Sunday’s morning conference sessions (9 am to noon).  Uber is a fantastically easy transportation system app to use to transport you cheaply back to the John Wayne airport only ten minutes away from OCC.  Plus the conference shall attempt to transport all presenters (and companions) back to airport after the conference who don’t want to transport themselves.  We will attempt to organize this.  If you are staying at the Ayres hotel they have complimentary shuttle service from and to the John Wayne airport, only 1.0 mile away.

To coordinate this please forward your actual airline reservation to conference co-director, Dr. David C. Ring, at email: dr.davidcring@gmail.com.

Be sure, if possible, to arrive early enough on Friday April 12, 2019 so you can check into your hotel and get settled beforehand so that you can more easily attend the invitation only welcoming speaker’s dinner from 6 pm until 7:30 pm co-director Dr. Ring is hosting at Le Chateau Garden Bistro (325 Bristol Street) inside the Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa.  After dinner transportation will be provided to transition to Orange Coast College for Dr. David Goldblatt’s opening keynote presentation from 8 pm until 9:30 pm (or if we need to up to ten pm).

Coordination of transportation will be provided, in theory, to all presenters (and spouses).  Everyone should try to arrive in Costa Mesa by Friday April 12 around or before 4:30 pm so as to get checked into your hotel and have time for transportation to the Invitation only Speaker’s Dinner at Le Chateau Garden Bistro located inside of the Ayers Hotel Costa Mesa starting sharply at 6 pm.  The dinner should conclude by 7:30 pm with transportation provided back to Orange Coast College for Friday night’s Keynote address by Dr. David Goldblatt, co-author of Jazz and the Philosophy of Art.

The conference plans on coordinating transporting conference presenters to meals for Friday night’s Speaker’s dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner.  Saturday and Sunday breakfast is your responsibility.  The conference recommends if you are staying at Ayres  Hotel that you can get breakfast at the Le Chateau Garden Bistro restaurant.  Another breakfast place is The Broken Yolk Cafe at 2701 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa west of Orange Coast College (OCC).


You can travel by airplane into John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, CA.

Here is a list of airline companies and departure cities flying into John Wayne airport on a daily basis to give you a feel for what’s available.

Having arrived at John Wayne airport you are less than five miles from Orange Coast College or your likely nearby hotel accommodations.

John Wayne Airport is 4.7 miles from JPIC 2019 at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa, CA.


This year 2019 JPIC is being co-sponsored by Orange Coast College (OCC), together with the Philosophy, Music, and Dance departments at OCC.

On Saturday night 8:30 pm to ten pm the OCC music faculty and students show their support by playing at the open live jazz jam, including jamming the night away with several of our conference speakers as happened during JPIC 2019 and in 2017.  Co-director of JPIC 2019, Dr. Charles Otwell, current chair of both the OCC Philosophy and Humanities departments, will be music coordinator for the evening.


FRIDAY NIGHT April 12, 2019: Invitation Only Speaker’s (and spouses) dinner at 6 pm at Le Chateau Garden Bistro located at the Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa 335 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa.

SATURDAY April 13, 2019:

Breakfast: The conference figures you can probably get breakfast on your own either at your motel or nearby it. There are many restaurants located within five miles of all hotels 🏨. If you are staying at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa, then you can have breakfast at Le Chateau Garden Bistro.

Another good breakfast or lunch place for Saturday or Sunday nearby (via Uber probably) is The Broken Yolk Cafe at 2701 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa west of Orange Coast College (OCC).

The Broken Yolk Cafe webpage Be sure to complete your meal and get transportation back to Orange Coast College (at the same address number but different street) at 2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa because the conference’s first Saturday and Sunday morning speaker is at 9 am sharp in Music Building 4, Music Room 102 at OCC.

Lunch:  The Yardhouse Restaurant at Triangle Square 1975 Newport Blvd. 2nd floor in Costa Mesa.

The YardHouse Restaurant Menus

The YardHouse Restaurant at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa, CAMap of Yardhouse Restaurant at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa, CA

Dinner:  Saturday night dinner (5:15-6:30pm) we are going out as a group (Dutch) to Maggiano’s Little Italy 🇮🇹 at 3333 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa.

Maggiano’s Little Italy menus

Maggiano's Little Italy chef page

Maggiano's Little Italy Menus 2019

Other restaurants:

(1) Water Grille at 3300 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa, CA is excellent and quite expensive.

(2) Al Forno Cafe at 1525 Mesa Verde E in Costa Mesa.

(3) Seasons 52 also at 3333 Bristol Street in South Coast Plaza.

Al Forno Cafe and Seasons 52 info

Social Costa Mesa restaurant (Open 8 am – 10 pm)
Social Costa Mesa Restaurant interior

Social Costa Mesa Restaurant interior

Social Costa Mesa Restaurant interior


LIVE JAZZ JAM Saturday night:

DON’T MISS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE JAZZ JAM from 8:30-10pm in Music Building 4, Music room  102 at OCC.

Live Jazz Jam from JPIC 2017
Martin Rosenberg (guitar), Paul Rinzler (keyboard), Chris Finet (bass), Ron James (drums) at JPIC 2017


Charles Otwell (keyboard), Chris Finet (bass), Ron James (drums) at JPIC 2017
Charles Otwell (keyboard), Chris Finet (bass), Ron James (drums) at JPIC 2017

Saturday night from 8:30-10 pm conference co-director and musical coordinator, Dr. Charles Otwell leads live jazz jam with conference presenters, OCC music faculty and students, and local jazz musicians. This should be really entertaining and fun. You can see the list of possible players below. Bring your axe and join the jam, but check in with Charles first please around 8:30 pm Saturday night or if you see him earlier.

JPIC 2019 Musicians:


  • Charles Otwell, JPIC Musical Coordinator, (twenty plus years on tour with last ten with Poncho Sanchez’s Latin jazz band), Chair of Philosophy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Paul Rinzler, Director of Jazz Studies at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.


    • Evan Tom, CSULB School of Music Jazz student.

Evan Tom on bass


    • Karo Galadjian, CSULB School of Music Jazz student.

Evan Tom on bass


    • Adrian Tamez, CSULB School of Music Jazz student.


  • Martin E. Rosenberg on red hot jazz guitar, Research Associate at The New Centre for Research and Practice, from Pittsburgh, PA.


  • Lorenzo Simpson, SUNY Stonybrook philosopher and jazz tenor sax 🎷 player


Newport Pop Festival orange playbill poster 1968

Cosmic pink lightbulb sphere bullet  Newport Pop Festival held August 3-4, 1968 in Costa Mesa, CA


Jazz: a powerful force for creativity and freedom.