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Listen to Justin Kauflin’s 2017 Jazz Port Townsend Set

Listen to Justin Kauflin’s 2017 Jazz Port Townsend Set

Pianist Justin Kauflin made his Jazz Port Townsend debut at the 43rd annual festival the last week of July.  He performed in a trio concert with bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Kendrick Scott at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden and also served on the faculty of the week-long jazz workshop before the weekend of public

Shokoufeh Shadabi: A Singer’s Journey From Iran To Centrum

Shokoufeh Shadabi (l) with jazz faculty member Niki Harris (r) Shokoufeh Shadabi, 28 lives on Capitol Hill in Seattle and loves to sing jazz. Call for a Lyft downtown, and you might find Shadabi behind the wheel, rehearsing an Ella Fitzgerald tune or one by Ida Khalili, an artist who, like Shadabi, was born in

July 29: Jazz Port Townsend Saturday Mainstage Previews

The Saturday Jazz Port Townsend festival mainstage performances are highlights of a Port Townsend summer. Washington’s longest-running summer jazz festival takes to the mainstage at Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion (pictured above) for afternoon and evening shows. Jazz Port Townsend Saturday Afternoon Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:30pm McCurdy Pavilion Reserved Seating $54, $40, $30

Program Change: Hubert Laws to Perform Friday Evening

The mainstage portion of the 2017 Jazz Port Townsend festival kicks off this Friday with featured performances by Justin Kauflin and NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws (pictured above).  Please note that our previously-scheduled line up has changed.  Mr. Laws will perform Friday night only.  Nikki Harris has graciously agreed to move her mainstage set to

2017 Jazz Port Townsend Update: Drums Full

A quick update on registrations for 2017 Jazz Port Townsend. At this time all drum positions are full with a waiting list – to add your name to the drum waiting lists click here. We are still accepting applications for other instruments and voice, although applications will only be accepted while there are still openings. Visit

July 24: Keep On Keepin’ On Screening with Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin

In partnership with Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend, the Port Townsend’s historic Rose Theatre is pleased to welcome celebrated pianist, composer and producer Justin Kauflin, for a screening and Q&A following KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, the award-winning documentary about his mentorship and friendship with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. Blind since the age of 11, Kauflin forged