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Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend offers both in-person and online workshops this year

Wycliffe Gordon performs the "2020 Blues."
2021 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend presents a live concert at Fort Worden, after Covid-19 prevented the 2020 Jazz Festival.
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Wycliffe Gordon performs the "2020 Blues". 2021 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend

The popular workshops and jazz festival at Fort Warden returns to in-person instruction this summer, with an option for online classes and performances.

Centrum's annualJazz Port TownsendWorkshop is open to instrumentalists and singers high school-aged and above.

This year, the workshop sessions and festival run July 25-31. In-person attendees are required to show full Covid-19 vaccination proof, and to wear masks when required by Centrum. The online version includes a variety of special topics sessions, masterclasses and the Faculty Presents concerts from the Wheeler Theater.

Approximately 200 participants will focus on developing improvisational skills in a small group setting, in addition to attending master classes and performances each day given by over 30 world-class faculty, all hand-picked by Artistic DirectorJohn Clayton.

The week culminates in a series of concerts in which all participants have an opportunity to perform.

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Registration and audition information is here.

The deadline to submit is April 4, 2022 for priority acceptance. After April 4 applications are accepted on a space-available basis.

The choice of in-person or online instruction will also be available for the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, August 1-7.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.