Jazz articles


Vocalist Kim Nazarian featured at Jazz Port Townsend

Centrum is honored to welcome vocalist, teacher, lyricist, Grammy-nominated arranger, and Grammy award-winning ensemble singer, Kim Nazarian to our 2015 Jazz Port Townsend festival and workshop!  Just try and fit a ball of positive energy like Kim into a category and you will break the box! Kim Nazarian is the soprano and one of the founding


Bob Mintzer & Regina Carter join 2015 Jazz Faculty

Centrum is honored to announce two new appointments for its 2015 Jazz Port Townsend festival.   Click here for complete details!   Regina Carter is a master of improvisational jazz violin. Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences — including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop, folk and world music — she has crafted a signature


Jazz Port Townsend Alums Receive Grammy Nominations

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations are out, and we were pleased to see a few Jazz Port Townsend regulars made the list! The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jazz Port Townsend Artistic Director John Clayton (and featuring past and present faculty members Jeff Hamilton and Jeff Clayton), was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for The


Apply Now for 2015 Jazz Port Townsend

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. We’ve just opened registration for the 2015 workshop, so


Free Centrum Big Band Concert: October 25, 2014

Acclaimed Big Band composer, George Stone, leads Centrum’s fall Big Band workshop at Fort Worden from October 23-26.  As a special treat, local audiences are invited to attend the culminating concert associated with our esteemed musicians from throughout Washington State who will comprise the band.  Enjoy stellar arrangements of perennial favorites as well as fresh