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2016 Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Shows Friday & Saturday

2016 Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Shows Friday & Saturday

The 42nd incarnation of Jazz Port Townsend provides the perfect opportunity to soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances. Grammy-winning Artistic Director John Clayton inspires a true sense of family that during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new

Vocalists Sachal Vasandani, Johnaye Kendrick, and Dena DeRose perform on the Mainstage at the 2014 Jazz Port Townsend Festival. Shown: Dena DeRose
Sachal Vasandani, voice;
Johnaye Kendrick, voice;
Dena DeRose, voice and piano;
Eric Verlinde, piano;
Jon Hamar, bass;
Julian MacDonough, drums

Don’t Miss 2016 Jazz in the Clubs

Jazz in the Clubs returns to Jazz Port Townsend in 2016, featuring intimate performances in clubs and venues throughout Port Townsend.  Your nightly wristband grants you access to Jazz in the Clubs venues each night.  Intimacy with the most passionate members of the jazz community defines Jazz Port Townsend, which swings into fever pitch for the


2016 Jazz Combos – Big Band

BIG BAND–Clarence Acox Performs Friday noon outside the Commons Last First Instrument Big Band Bays Willie Alto 1 Stevens Matthew Alto 2 Miller Joseph Alto Alternate Torgelson Andrew Tenor 1 Tuncel Miles Tenor 2 Mogul Simon Tenor Alternate McElman Duncan Bari Sax 1 Bainbridge Kyle Bari Sax Alternate Esler David Trumpet 1 Karner Brett Trumpet


2016 Jazz Combos – The Listing

Announcing the 2016 Jazz Port Townsend combos: Last First Instrument Combo Performance Addis James Piano Hamilton 9:30 & 10:15 Thurs Cotton Alicar, Jr William Guitar Deardorf 11:10 Friday Pope Anderson Susan Clarinet Clement 11:45 Fri Pope Arrastia Sebastian Guitar Balmer 1:00 Thurs USO Arrastia Stephen Alto Colligan 8:00 Thurs Cotton Bade-McMurphy Rachel Tenor Cables 5:45


2016 Jazz Port Townsend Preview on KPLU-FM July 24

This Sunday, host Jim Wilke and Jazz Northwest will preview Centrum’s 42nd Jazz Port Townsend festival. Three mainstage concerts at the 1200 seat McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden will feature seven performances on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, and there will be 3 nights of jazz in the clubs Thursday through Saturday in downtown


July 29: Free “Friday Jazz Workshop Blowout”

Jazz is one of America’s most famous and popular exports, yet many Americans have little exposure to it. We want to change that by offering you a chance to learn something from a master teacher—for free. The Jazz Port Townsend workshop is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. Why? Because Artistic