Jazz Port Townsend – Performances



Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to experience excellent musicians, soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances. Artistic Director John Clayton inspires a true sense of family during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new and unexpected pairings. Jazz Port Townsend has emerged as one of the leading jazz festivals in the nation.

Festival mainstage performances take place in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. Jazz Port Townsend also features the popular “Jazz in the Clubs” series, where intimate venues in downtown Port Townsend, WA, come alive with the sounds of jazz.

Jazz in the Clubs

Thursday Night

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 8–11pm
American Legion Hall, Pope Marine Building and Old Whiskey Mill
Admission $25 (wristband)

Friday & Saturday Nights

Friday & Saturday, July 28–29, 2017, 10pm–12:30am
American Legion Hall, Cellar Door, Key City Public Theatre, Pope Marine Building, Old Whiskey Mill, Beverly’s Hall (1034 Water St) Admission $25 (wristband)

Mainstage Concerts

Jazz Port Townsend Friday Night

Friday July 28, 2017, 7:30pm
McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $46, $35, $27

Keep On Keepin’ On

  • Justin Kauflin, piano
  • Doug Weiss, bass
  • Kendrick Scott, drums

The Haris House: Niki Haris featuring special guest Wycliffe Gordon

  • Niki Haris, vocals
  • Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
  • Sullivan Fortner, piano
  • John Clayton, bass
  • Joe La Barbera, drums

Jazz Port Townsend Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:30pm
McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $54, $40, $30

Introducing Tia and Sullivan 

  • Tia Fuller, alto sax
  • Sullivan Fortner, piano
  • Doug Weiss, bass
  • Kendrick Scott, drums

Lifting Voices

  • Cedric Dent, voice
  • Dee Daniels, voice
  • Niki Haris, voice
  • Sullivan Fortner, piano
  • Jon Hamar, bass
  • Joe LaBarbera, drums

Big Baaaad Band: Centrum All Star Big Band, Directed by John Clayton

Featuring Faculty soloists:

  • Jeff Clayton, alto
  • Adrian Cunningham, tenor
  • Dee Daniels, voice
  • Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
  • Niki Haris, voice
  • Sean Jones & Terell Stafford, trumpet
  • Hubert Laws, flute

The Band:

  • Mark Taylor, alto I
  • Tia Fuller, alto II
  • Adrian Cunningham, tenor I
  • Alex Dugdale, tenor II
  • Gary Smulyan, bari
  • Brad Allison, trumpet I
  • Terell Stafford, trumpet II
  • Sean Jones, trumpet III
  • Jay Thomas, trumpet IV
  • TBA, trumpet V
  • Wycliffe Gordon, trombone I
  • David Marriott, trombone II
  • Dan Marcus, trombone III
  • Greg Schroder, trombone IV
  • Dan Balmer, guitar
  • Bill Cunliffe, piano
  • Chuck Deardorf, bass
  • Matt Wilson, drums

Jazz Port Townsend Saturday Night

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:30pm
McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $46, $35, $27

Laws To Live By: Hubert Laws

  • Hubert Laws, flute
  • Bill Cunliffe, piano
  • John Clayton, bass
  • Matt Wilson, drums

Hello Pops—A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

  • Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, trumpet and vocals
  • Adrian Cunningham, clarinet & saxophone
  • Bill Cunliffe, piano
  • Martin Wind, bass
  • Jeff Hamilton, drums

Jazz Port Townsend Festival Packages

Seating is reserved at McCurdy Pavilion performances.

All-Fest Package

  • Includes all three McCurdy Pavilion concerts AND Jazz In the Clubs on Friday and Saturday (not Thursday).
  • Package Pricing for McCurdy Pavilion Seating:
    Section A: $180
    Section B: $140
    Section C: $120

Mainstage Package

  • Includes all three McCurdy Pavilion concerts. Does not include Jazz In the Clubs.
  • Package Pricing for McCurdy Pavilion Seating:
    Section A: $135
    Section B: $100
    Section C: $80


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