Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Preview: Saturday Evening, July 30

stefon harris

Starting on Thursday, July 28, and running through Saturday, July 30, Jazz Port Townsend transforms Port Townsend into a mecca for jazz. Fresh off a week of jazz education, the renowned artist/faculty take to the stage for mainstage performances in Fort Worden State Park's WWI-era McCurdy Pavilion, and for club performances in Port Townsend's historic downtown and uptown districts.

The final mainstage performance of Jazz Port Townsend takes place on Saturday night, and year in and year out, these closing sets are the stuff of legend.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
7:30 PM, McCurdy Pavilion

Stefon Harris and friends

Heralded as one of the most important young artists in jazz, vibraphonist Stefon Harris brings his innovative sound to the McCurdy Pavilion. Joined by pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Quincy Davis, the evening will showcase the dynamic musical range and inspired artistry of Harris and his guests.

“The JPT 8-Piece Sextet”

Originally formed as a sextet, the others were too good to leave backstage! Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet/alto saxophone), Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Jiggs Whigham (trombone), Bruce Forman (guitar), Benny Green (piano), Christoph Luty (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums) join forces in this eclectic and unpredictable powerhouse of an ensemble.