2013 Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Preview: July 27 Evening

The closing mainstage set at Jazz Port Townsend is always memorable. A full day of jazz continues at Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion, as well as at  “Jazz in the Clubs” in  intimate venues in downtown Port Townsend.

The Festival’s Grammy-winning Artistic Director John Clayton has hand picked the performers for Jazz Port Townsend, and a highlight is seeing musicians performing in combos and bands only found in Port Townsend. In this closing set, John has assembled a powerful nonet ensemble with guitarist Anthony Wilson at the helm. Preceding them will be the amazing vocal and guitar work of Cyrille Aimee and Diego Figueiredo.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Saturday Evening Concert
7:30 pm; McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $20/29/42; 18 & under free

Cyrille Aimee with Diego Figueiredo

  • Cyrille Aimee, voice
  • Diego Figueiredo, guitar

The Anthony Wilson Nonet

  • Anthony Wilson, guitar
  • Anat Cohen, clarinet
  • Jeff Clayton, alto
  • Gary Smulyan, bari
  • Terell Stafford, trumpet
  • Jiggs Whigham, trombone
  • Gerald Clayton, piano
  • Joe Sanders, bass
  • Matt Wilson, drums


Cyrille Aimée with Diego Figueiredo

Vocalist and guitarist Cyrille Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother.

Every year in June, her village Samois-sur-Seine, welcomes gypsies who come from all over Europe to set up caravans in nearby meadows for the Django Reinhardt Festival, in honor of the legendary guitarist who also once lived in Samois-sur-Seine. As a child, Cyrille fell in love with gypsy music and way of life.  She spent evenings at their camps, learned their language and began to sing by the fire with Django’s descendants.

Cyrille has won many awards such as the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, the International Theleonious Monk Competition in 2010 and the International Sarah Vaughan Competition in 2012. Cyrille has five albums out, including two live albums featuring Roy Hargrove and  Joel Frahm. She also has recorded two albums of duets with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

Diego Figueiredo is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. He has released over nineteen albums to date, and his unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, have created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers in more than 40 nations.


Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson counts Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Wes Montgomery, and T-Bone Walker among his influences. His first album was nominated for a Grammy and his second, Goat Hill Junket (1998), also garnered notice. Subsequent recordings by his nine-piece band are Adult Themes (MAMA, 1999) and Power of Nine (Groove Note, 2006). Diana Krall and mandolinist Eva Scow appear on the latter.

He has been a member of Diana Krall’s group since 2001, appearing on CDs and DVDs, notably the Grammy-winning Live in Paris. He has also recorded a CD with Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, “Nova,” released in Brazil on Pinheiro’s label Buriti, and in the US on Wilson’s label Goat Hill Recordings. Anthony can also be heard on a number of his father Gerald’s recordings and often plays live with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra whenever he can.

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