Jazz Port Townsend – The Workshop

The participant combo coached by drummer Matt Wilson rehearses in Wheeler Theater during the 2013 Port Townsend Jazz Workshop.

July 19-26, 2015 (Registration coming soon…)
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

Whether you’re a journeyman performer, aspiring professional, or an enthusiastic beginner, the weeklong workshop at Jazz Port Townsend, July 19-26, 2015, is the perfect opportunity to meet other excellent musicians, soak up a week of jazz in a seaside paradise, and leave as a better musician. If you are an educator, please visit our Educator Track section to learn how you can be a part of the week.

Artistic Director John Clayton has hand-picked faculty who are outstanding both as performers and teachers. They’ll inspire you with their playing, and then work with you directly to develop your own skills.

You’ll receive focused instruction as you rehearse daily in combos or vocal classes. Jazz Theory sessions provide valuable information for increasing your skills as an improviser. Master classes are conducted each day by faculty members who cover topics specific to their chosen instruments. “Faculty Presents” concerts each afternoon give you a chance to hear performances in an intimate setting. The workshop culminates in a series of “Students Present” concerts in which all participants have an opportunity to perform.

Applicants must have good technical command of their instrument or voice, as well as elementary improvisation experience or a basic knowledge of music theory. Differing levels of experience are expected, and every effort is made to match players of similar abilities. An audition is required.

Read more about audition requirements.

Applicants apply at one of three levels: Beginner/Intermediate, Advanced, or Semi-Pro. Semi-pro players have the option of applying for special themed combos, focusing on specific styles (details in the audition instructions). All participants receive daily instruction from our outstanding artist faculty.

For more information, call or email Jazz Program Manager Gregg Miller at gmiller@centrum.org, or 360.385.3102 x109.

Drummer Matt Wilson leads a workshop session at Jazz Port Townsend. Photo by Jim Levitt.

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