Big Band at Centrum in October 2011

Big Band returns to Centrum in October 2011 as John Clayton, Artistic Director for Jazz Port Townsend, leads a workshop designed to challenge experienced players looking to develop their technique and artistry in this enduring American art form.

Limited spots are still available for the workshop, and applications are currently being accepted.  If you’re a seasoned player looking for an intensive big band experience with one of the nation’s preeminent bandleaders, contact Centrum today to secure your spot for this popular annual workshop.

John Clayton is one of today’s leading voices in big band performance and composition. As co-leader and director of the renowned Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John’s skills as a composer, arranger and conductor all combine to elicit a sound from the band that ranges from swinging and bluesy to smoking hot. John will direct the band and work with the rhythm section in sectionals, as well as participating in the improvisation sessions.

“Using the model that has been established by the classic, historic big bands,” says Clayton, “the band will be comprised of soloists whose voices are honed to collectively produce a unique sound.

Tickets are now available to the public performance on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 PM in the Wheeler Theater.  The concert features workshop participants, directed by John Clayton. Tickets are available now through the Centrum website at, or by phone at 800.746.1982.

For more information, visit the home of Jazz at Centrum at


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