The Saturday afternoon mainstage set at Jazz Port Townsend is the stuff of legend. Artistic Director John Clayton leads the Festival All Star Big Band in a tribute to long time Centrum jazz advocate David Marriott, and we feature 2 sets before that of top shelf jazz featuring the Jeff Hamilton Trio and phenom vocalist Jazzmeia Horn!
Jazz Port Townsend Saturday Afternoon
The Jeff Hamilton Trio
- Tamir Hendelman, piano
- Jon Hamar, bass
- Jeff Hamilton, drums
A Social Call
featuring Jazzmeia Horn
- Jazzmeia Horn, vocal
- Taylor Eigsti, piano
- Harish Raghavan, bass
- Marcus Baylor, drums
The Dave Marriott Tribute
featuring the Centrum All Star Big Band, Directed by John Clayton
Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy.
Jeff is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life In The Key Of Oscar.
Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton, Roberta Gambarini and Barbara Morrison. He also leads his own trio whose debut CD “Playground” was recently released.
A native of Tel Aviv, Tamir moved to the US at age 12 in 1984. He joined the Jeff Hamilton Trio in 2000, to which he frequently contributes arrangements in addition to recording and touring in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has also toured Europe with Tierney Sutton and the Bill Holman Big Band. In 2001 he became a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Tamir has also served as musical director for Julia Migenes’ s “Alter Ego.”
JON HAMAR – BASS
Jon Hamar is a versatile artist who has been recognized for his ability to find a tasteful unique voice in any musical situation. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Double Bass Performance from Eastern Washington University under the tutelage of Roma Vayspapir and graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media, studying with Jeff Campbell, James Vandermark, Harold Danko, Clay Jenkins and Fred Sturm.
Jon recently moved from Seattle to Knoxville, Tennessee joining the University of Tennessee and the Natalie L. Haslam School of Music.
Jazzmeia Horn won the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.
Hailing from Dallas, TX she moved to New York in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music . Soon she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, and Ellis Marsalis.
Jazzmeia has appeared in jazz festivals and clubs such as the Lenox Lounge, Bill’s Place, The Apollo, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Jazz Club CocaCola, Minton’s, The Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc, Jazz Gallery and Birdland. Her accolades include Downbeat Student Music Award Recipient 2008, 2009, and Best Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner 2010.
New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti has released 7 albums as a leader, receiving two GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Solo and Best Instrumental Composition for his CD Lucky to Be Me. He has also been featured as a sideman on many award-winning albums as well as numerous television specials and radio appearances. He and composed the theme music to the motion picture “Detachment” (2011) as well as a song for the new Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.” Taylor was spotlighted in Vanity Fair Magazine among a handful of the young azz musicians in New York.
Taylor has composed and orchestrated music for various symphony orchestras including the San José Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Boston Youth Symphony and the New York Pops. He has had the good fortune of working with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Botti, Sting, David Benoit, Christian McBride, Marian McPartland, Red Holloway, John Mayer, James Moody, Chris Potter, Ernestine Anderson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, The Clayton Brothers, Dianne Schuur, Ambrose Akinmusire, Hank Jones, Brubeck Brothers, and Frederica Von Stade.
HARISH RAGHAVAN – BASS
After arriving in New York in 2007, bassist Harish Raghavan has begun to make a name for himself among the rising stars of his generation.
Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others.
Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen. He studied bass with John Clayton at the University of Southern California and also with Robert Hurst. During his years in Los Angeles he recorded and played with many legendary West Coast musicians. In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.
MARCUS BAYLOR – DRUMS, MASTER CLASSES
Grammy nominated artists Jean and Marcus Baylor stormed onto the jazz scene on their debut CD “The Journey”, cracking the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their follow-up, “The Baylor Project,” has been nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2018.
Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former member and drummer of the Grammy Award winning jazz quartet, Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. With his natural feel, creative use of space and innovative ability to tell a story, his musicianship and improvisation are those of a seasoned musician.
Port Townsend & Fort Worden
Located just 2 hours west of Seattle, Port Townsend is the perfect place to indulge your creative side. With its maritime heritage, Victorian architecture, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.
Centrum’s home is at Fort Worden – the kind of destination that stays with you for a lifetime. Amidst the magnificent natural setting and the influence of its military past, Fort Worden is home to inspiration, education and personal transformation. People gather here to participate in arts and music events, woodworking classes, conferences, camping and outdoor activities, family reunions, weddings, and much more. Originally designed as a military base to protect Puget Sound, Fort Worden evolved into an iconic and cherished state park. The fort – featuring 100 historic structures – spans two miles of saltwater shoreline with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the San Juan Islands.
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Jefferson County International Airport
Airport Cutoff Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Located less than two miles from downtown Port Townsend, Fort Worden is easily accessible for both locals and visitors.
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