Jazz Port Townsend Performance Preview: Saturday Afternoon, July 31

Saturday at Jazz Port Townsend is filled to the brim with music. At 1:30pm, we open the big hangar doors of McCurdy Pavilion and let the sun shine in for a swinging afternoon of straight-ahead jazz (we'll preview that show below). Then, after a brief dinner break, we head into our evening Pavilion show, before hitting Jazz in the Clubs. It's nearly 12 hours of music, and is a big part of the reason why people enjoy coming to Port Townsend in the middle of the summer.

Tickets for the Saturday afternoon show, as well as all other Jazz Port Townsend
performances, are available online,
or by calling 800-746-1982.

Saturday, July 31
Pavilion | 1:30 pm | $20/$31/$40

Masterful Piano

  • George Cables, solo piano

The Intrepid Fox: A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard

  • Terell Stafford, trumpet
  • George Cables, piano
  • Ben Wolfe, bass
  • Jon Wikan, drums

Introducing René Marie

  • René Marie, voice
  • Randy Halberstadt, piano
  • Chuck Deardorf, bass
  • Byron Vannoy, drums

All-Star Faculty Big Band, Directed by John Clayton

  • Featuring charts from Ellen Rowe, and showcasing Byron Stripling and Terrel Stafford

George Cables
George, along with having played with Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon (and countless others), has led his own groups and trios. But John Clayton says it best about George: "His playing will blow your mind. This guy is full of heart, full of joy, and full of music. He's a little man with a big, big palette of music."

Indeed, that big heart led him to the great Freddie Hubbard, who passed away at the end of 2008. We'll be honoring that legacy on Saturday afternoon, but here is a video of George and friends playing a tribute version of the Hubbard classic "Red Clay" at a Harlem memorial service.

René Marie
We are excited to welcome Rene Marie to Port Townsend in 2010. René has proven herself to be one
of the most daring vocalists around. She is fearless in singing about
difficult situations or tackling a diverse songbook. Her releases have
earned glowing reviews for Marie’s strong vocals and innovative
material. John loves her singing, and we know you will too.

All-Star Faculty Big Band
The Big Band is a highlight of the entire weekend, and this year, we're sharing the talent and music of faculty members Ellen Rowe, Byron Stripling, and Terell Stafford.