Washington’s longest-running summer jazz festival returns July 23-25!

Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to experience excellent musicians, soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances.

Produced by the Centrum Foundation at Fort Worden State Park, JPT works with Artistic Director John Clayton to inspire a true sense of family during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new and unexpected pairings. Jazz Port Townsend has emerged as one of the leading jazz festivals in the nation.

Festival mainstage performances take place in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. Jazz Port Townsend also features the popular “Jazz in the Clubs” series, where intimate venues in downtown Port Townsend, WA, come alive with the sounds of jazz.

Friday, July 24, 2015

7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park

Maucha Adnet and Trio
Bossa Always Nova
Maucha Adnet, vocals
Jovino Santos Neto, piano
Nilson Matta, bass
Duduka Da Fonseca, drums

Regina Carter & Friends
Regina Carter, violin
Benny Green, piano
John Clayton, bass
Alvester Garnett, drums

Saturday, July 25, 2015

1:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park

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

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)

Thursday, July 23, 8pm

Cotton Building, Public House and American Legion Hall ONLY

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

Enjoy free readings from national authors during the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference at Fort Worden.

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been at the wild heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene since 1974. With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by vital, contemporary writers.

Readings are free, and open to the public at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
7:15 pm: Gary Copeland Lilley and Jimmy Kimbrell

Monday, July 13, 2015
7 pm: Wendy Call and Pam Houston

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
7 pm: Claire Davis and Kim Addonizio

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – (Northwind Arts Center)
7 pm Participant Reading

Thursday, July 16, 2015
7 pm: Skip Horack and Luis Urrea

Friday, July 17, 2015
7 pm: Melissa Febos and Erin Belieu

Saturday, July 18, 2015
7 pm: An Evening with Joseph Stroud

As we head into July, summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Oh, yeah, and you’ll probably get caught laughing a lot too. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer.

Rock the dock this summer at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend. The series, sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, runs Thursdays, July 2 through August 20, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Local vendors and a Beer, Wine and Cider Garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30pm, show starts at 5:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.


“Concerts on the Dock are some of our favorite events throughout the year, and have become the sign for many of us that summer has truly arrived!” says Dominic Svornich, Main Street’s festival coordinator. “These outdoor music events take advantage of a beautiful waterfront setting, and the lineup this year is going to be incredible. Come to dance, meet new friends, enjoy a beer and grab a bite from one of our local food vendors.” Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some great tunes. See the full list of bands.

Concerts on the Dock kicks off July 2 with Marley’s Ghost, a virtuoso aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher. This band has a long history with Centrum, and the Port Townsend Main Street Program is excited to collaborate with Centrum on this first show.

It leads into a weekend of full-blown entertainment with the “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden.


In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Thunderbull Productions, and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax beginning at 4pm with field games, piñatas, free root beer floats for the first 1000 people and a car show. At 5pm, the Tug-of-War qualifiers begin using Olympic Rules and hosted by international Tug of War champion Richard Walcome. The finals are at 8pm with a $1000 cash prize! Watch or participate in the pie-eating contest, enjoy live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks.Learn more at www.jeffcountychamber.org or www.centrum.org.


“The Mystery of Irma Vep,” produced by Key City Public Theatre plays Thursday through Sunday nights from July 2 to July 19 at 7:30pm. Brilliant writing, high camp and Gothic horror combine to make this outrageous “Penny Dreadful” lyrical, satirical and vampiracal. Reviews have been stellar—a fantastic, fun evening as you celebrate summer. Tickets are online at www.keycitypublictheatre.org

Centurm offers Free Fridays at the Fort concert series at noon July 3 through 31, showcasing jazz, blues, and fiddle tunes, on the lawn of the Commons at Fort Worden and is free to the public.

The 7th Annual Brewfest will be Saturday, July 17, from 1-7pm at the Port Townsend Brewing Company, 330 10 St. in Port Townsend. This is a benefit for the Edensaw Community Cancer Foundation. Music will be by Locust Street Taxi and a live auction and raffle will take place at 4pm. For more information, call 360.344.4646.


2015 promises to be an epic year for Jazz Port Townsend. Grammy award-winning Artistic Director John Clayton has worked with Centrum to assemble a truly outstanding collection of jazz artists from around the country. Enjoy 3 mainstage shows at historic McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden, and then head downtown for “Jazz in the Clubs,” featuring intimate performances in venues throughout Port Townsend. Your nightly wristband grants you access each night beginning Thursday, July 23 at 8pm, Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at 10pm. For more information, go tohttp://centrum.org/jazz-port-townsend-performances/.

A week later the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival heats up town with mainstage shows at Fort Worden, and “Blues in the Clubs” – a moveable feast of fantastic music in a variety of venues downtown. One nightly wristband gives you the freedom to move around throughout the evening, gaining the full benefit of the club experience. Centrum’s Blues faculty will play sets in all sorts of interesting combinations on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August. 1 at 8pm. For more information, go tohttp://centrum.org/port-townsend-acoustic-blues-festival-performances/.

Pack up your dancin’ shoes and come to Port Townsend for some blazing hot summer performance and fun!