The All Star Festival Big Band is always one of the highlights of Jazz Port Townsend. This year's concert lived up to the
tradition of mixing top Northwest resident musicians with visiting jazz
stars and a sprinkling of guest artists and was conducted by John
Clayton. Most of the artists are also members of the faculty for the
week-long jazz workshop that precedes the Festival.
The concert was
recorded for broadcast and will air exclusively on 88-5 KPLU on Sunday,
August 8 at 1 PM Pacific Daylight Time. John Clayton led the orchestra
and featured in solo turns were trumpet player and vocalist Byron
Stripling, composer/arranger Ellen Rowe, singer Saschal Vasandani and
drummer Butch Miles and other soloists from the band.
This is the first in a series of concerts from Jazz Port Townsend which
will air on Jazz Northwest, Sundays at 1 on 88-5, KPLU. The concerts
will be heard at monthly intervals.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for
KPLU and kplu.org. A podcast of each program is available on the Monday
following the airdate at kplu.org.