Always one of the highlights of Centrum’s annual Jazz Port Townsend Festival is the big band performance, which takes place on Saturday afternoon. Some of the greatest jazz composers and arrangers have directed this band in their own music, but this year was different. Festival Artistic Director John Clayton, Jr
When great musicians push themselves to do something different, it can be an exciting prospect. Christian McBride’s New Jawn is a great example of that. And when those musicians really enjoy that challenge, that’s when the magic of jazz happens. After a pair of successful trio albums and a Grammy-winning
Seattle native Kassa Overall came up drumming in the celebrated Garfield High School jazz band, but he’s always been exploring the action behind the scenes in music. Early opportunities with samplers and keyboards led Overall to a passion for not just making music, but producing music for himself and others.
On his path to musical self-discovery, pianist Spike Wilner set out to make himself a part of his New York City community. He’d buy old pianos and give them to bars for free, in exchange for a regular night for Spike to play there. We were happy to provide a