Jazz Port Townsend All This Weekend!

Seattle Times jazz critic Paul de Barros wrote a nice preview of 2015 Jazz Port Townsend this past weekend, calling it a “great jazz getaway.”

Jazz Port Townsend, which gets under way Thursday (July 23), has a different feel from other festivals, probably because its final weekend is the culmination of a weeklong workshop.

That means the crowd in Port Townsend and out at Fort Worden is full of aspiring young musicians, and their parents, plus other fans who are really listening to the music.

Fold that attentiveness into three nights of rolling performances in intimate venues, concerts in a grand pavilion with views out its doors of evergreen trees and sky, a pleasantly salty sea breeze and PT’s gingerbread Victorian B&Bs, and you have the elements of a great jazz getaway.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

1:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $52, $35, 28

Trio da Paz
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Nilson Matta, bass
Duduka Da Fonseca, drums

“Some Morning”: Kim Nazarian & Friends
Kim Nazarian, vocals
Eric Reed, piano
Jon Hamar, bass
Jeff Hamilton, drums

All-Star Big Band
Directed by and featuring the music of Bob Mintzer

Steve Wilson, alto I; Bill Ramsay, alto II; Jay Thomas, tenor I; Dayna Stephens, tenor II; Gary Smulyan, bari

Andy Omdahl, trumpet I; Sean Jones, trumpet II or III; Terell Stafford, trumpet II or III; Thomas Marriott, trumpet IV

Jiggs Whigham, trombone I; David Marriott, Jr., trombone II; Greg Schroeder, trombone III; Dan Marcus, trombone IV

Graham Dechter, guitar; Randy Halberstadt, piano; Ben Wolfe, bass; Matt Wilson, drums


7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $45, $32, 23

Latitude Adjustment
Steve Wilson, alto
Romero Lubambo, guitar
George Cables, piano

Sit Down, Hang On
Bob Mintzer, tenor sax
Dayna Stephens, tenor sax
Sean Jones, trumpet
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Benny Green, piano
John Clayton, bass
Jeff Hamilton, drums

Jazz in the Clubs: July 23-25, 2015

Admission: $25 for wristband (Read our wristband policy)


Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, 10pm

American Legion Hall, Cellar Door, Cotton Building, Key City Public Theatre, Pope Marine Building, Public House, Rose Theatre

IMPORTANT NOTE: Jazz in the Clubs is a moveable feast of great music in various downtown venues, with each venue operating on a first come first served basis. Your wrist band is an all-night access pass, and we encourage you to move around throughout the evening to gain the full benefit of the clubs experience. Venue hosts will help direct you to available seating or standing room options.

Jazz Port Townsend Packages

All Fest Package
Includes all three concerts held at the McCurdy Pavilion AND Jazz in the Clubs on Friday and Saturday.

  • Section A: $180
  • Section B: $135
  • Section C: $115

Mainstage Package
Includes all three concerts held at the McCurdy Pavilion. Does not include Jazz in the Clubs.

  • Section A: $130
  • Section B: $85
  • Section C: $65

Seating is reserved at the McCurdy Pavilion performances.

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