Two great trumpet players were featured together at Jazz Port Townsend this summer. Terell Stafford and Marquis Hill traded brilliant solos during a matinee concert in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden during this year’s festival. With George Cables at the piano, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Matt Wilson at the drums, the quintet generated a lot of excitement for a near-capacity crowd.
The music they played represented some of the great trumpet players in jazz including Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and Nat Adderley. All five of the musicians on stage also were members of the faculty of the jazz camp, which precedes the festival on the last weekend of July. This year marked the 45th year of the festival.