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All-Star Jazz from Downtown Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest For August 16

Chuck Deardorf, Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson at Jazz Port Townsend 2015

The first in a series of radio shows from the 41st Jazz Port Townsend airs Sunday, August 16 at 2 PM Pacific.  An all-star sextet drawn from the faculty of the Jazz Workshop opens the festival on the first of three nights of "Jazz In The Clubs" in several small venues in downtown Port Townsend.  After a week of sharing their knowledge with students, they’re ready to swing with their peers. In this group, we’ll hear musicians from New York and LA, Seattle and Portland... Terell Stafford on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto, Eric Reed is the pianist, Dan Balmer on guitar, Chuck Deardorf is on bass, Matt Wilson is at the drums.  They play both standards and jazz classics, but in some non-standard arrangements.  

Future programs from this year's Jazz Port Townsend will be performances recorded at the 1200 seat McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden. Included are concerts by Maucha Adnet, Regina Carter, Trio Da Paz, Kim Nazarian, Bob Mintzer & Festival Big Band and other one-time-only groups.   

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and  The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is available as a streaming podcast after the broadcast.  Programs are archived at

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.