Jazz Port Townsend – Workshop FAQ

We’re currently assembling the 2017 gathering. Here’s what we presented in 2016.

Who should attend?
YOU! Whether you are a playing professional, part of a combo, an aspiring jazz professional, or a serious amateur, Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect place for you to meet other excellent musicians, soak up a week of jazz in a seaside paradise, and leave knowing you’re a better musician.

Do I need to audition for the workshop?
Yes. At the Workshop, you’ll be placed in combos with other players. We want the combo experience to be as dynamic and well matched as possible. Auditions help us do that.

What is the cost?

Tuition = $825
Room/board = $595 (3 meals) or $510 (lunch/dinner only)
Meals only = $305 (3 meals) or $220 (lunch/dinner only)

Is financial aid available?
Yes, you may apply for financial aid. When you register, you’ll have the option of filling out an application form online. Preference is given to applicants who are willing to help in some way during the workshop. A list of potential positions and tasks is on the scholarship application. You may preview the application questions here.

Where will I stay?
Your home for the week is historic Fort Worden State Park, a turn-of-the-20th century fort that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with expansive views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Meals are served in the park conference center dining facility.

What is the schedule like?
You’ll work hard, but we also build in time to relax and jam informally with other participants. Read the basic schedule for the week.

Are drums and guitar/bass amps provided?
We provide a quality acoustic piano in every room, but we don’t provide drums, amps or any other instruments. All participants except pianists need to bring or rent everything they need to make music (including a music stand). You can rent drums, basses and amps from two sources and they will be delivered to Centrum.

  1. Kennelly Keys Music. Call Michael Brown at 206.440.8299 or email michael.b@kennellykeysmusic.com for details.
  2. Crossroads Music. Call 360.385.1471 or email info@crossroads-music.com for details.

How do I know if I’m good enough to come to the workshop?
Participants with a wide range of abilities and experience attend the workshop each year. We have ensembles and classes to fit seasoned professionals, beginning improvisers, and everyone in between. Please note that even the beginning classes are designed for people who already have a reasonable degree of skill on their instrument or voice. The typical high school student (or older) who has been playing since 5th or 6th grade does just fine.

Can I get a ride?
Centrum will operate an airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the Festival. Please read our 2016 Summer Shuttle Guide to learn how you can access this service.