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Bob Mintzer Directs Jazz Port Townsend Big Band on Jazz Northwest

Bob Mintzer, Grammy-Award winning saxophonist and co-founder of the Yellowjackets, was featured arranger at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend for 2015.  He conducted a special all-star big band at the Saturday matinee concert at the McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park.  

The concert was recorded for radio and will be broadcast Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest. It will also be streamed live on

Mintzer has over 200 compositions to his credit. He teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has authored many books used by jazz educators.

Prior to starting the Yellowjackets, Mintzer worked with Tito Puente, Buddy Rich and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.  

The Jazz Port Townsend All-Star Big Band is a 17-member ensemble drawn from the faculty of the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival.  

Most of its musicians are themselves renown leaders and soloists from across the US, who both teach at the workshop, and perform at the festival in late July.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on 88.5 KPLU and streams at The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU.  Previous programs are archived at JazzNorthwestat 

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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.