Friday Jazz Workshops Free & Open to the Public


Welcome to our 47th season of Jazz Port Townsend! We are back! We can’t tell you how good it feels to greet you live and in person. We’ve all worked so hard the past three years, now this feels like our reward.

Artistic Director John Clayton has once again done a masterful job of identifying musicians who are outstanding as both educators and performers. They’ve been here all week sharing their artistry with 120+ workshop participants. Please note that this week there are two great ways to enjoy this uniquely American music: (1) on our Mainstage, with the energy a large crowd creates, or (2) in a club setting, where you’re close enough to see the all the nuances of an intimate performance. We hope you’ll experience both.

Please come and partake of the offerings at our Friday Jazz Blowout. All sessions that day are free and open to the public. Our hope is that you will come and learn something about jazz that will help you enjoy listening to it even more.

Thanks for being a part of our family, especially if you’re joining us for the first time. Welcome, Jazz Port Townsend family!

John Clayton, Artistic Director
Gregg Miller, Program Manager


Note: Visitors will be required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations, per Centrum’s Covid policy

Friday, July 29, 2022


10:45–11:45 a.m. – Building 204, Rm. 10 with Matt Wilson

“If You Play the Song, Everything Will Okay!”
We become friends with our instruments, practice, study, listen, so we can play songs with our friends! Let’s have a gathering where we talk about ways of playing songs. It will be fun and make you happy and your friends happy. Happy Times at Centrum!

12:00-1:20 p.m. – Fort Worden Commons

Student combo coaching

12:05-12:40 p.m. with Jeff Hamilton

12:45-1:20 p.m. with Allison Miller

1:30-2:45 p.m. – Schoolhouse, Room D with Jon Hamar and Emma Davis

“Preparing for a College Education in Jazz”
Real-world information from professionals in higher educa­tion. Representatives from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will speak and answer questions about what schools look for, applying, financial aid, how to have a successful audition day and more. Following the discussion, you’ll have time to speak one-on-one with the panelists.

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Wheeler Theater

Student combo coached by Wycliffe Gordon (Hear this ensemble perform while you observe a profes­sional-level recording session produced by KNKX.)

1:30-3:45 p.m. – USO Building

Student combos

1:30-2:00 p.m. with Marion Hayden

2:05-2:35 p.m. with Bruce Forman

2:40-3:10 p.m. with Jeremy Siskind

3:15-3:45 p.m. with Jon Hamar


1:30-3:30 p.m. – Building 204, Room 20

Vocal students coached by Sara Gazarek

1:30-3:55 p.m. – USO Building

Student combos

1:30-2:00 p.m. with Dawn Clement

2:05-2:35 p.m. with Chuck Deardorf

2:40-3:10 p.m. with Matt Wilson

3:15-3:45 p.m. with Jay Thomas

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