A concert by the Clayton Brothers quintet and special guest Stefon Harris is the first of a seven concert series from Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend which aired on Jazz Northwest, Sunday August 4 at 2 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU.
Co-led by brothers John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Clayton (alto sax and flute), the group also includes John's son Gerald on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet, and Obed Calvaire, drums. John Clayton is also Artistic Director of Jazz Port Townsend and the Jazz Camp which leads up to the weekend festival, now in its 40th year. Special guest on this concert is the vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who is one of the brightest stars on the insrument. He has seven CDs as a leader and has been a popular sideman in many situations including the Clayton Brothers.
Concerts from Jazz Port Townsend will air on alternate weeks during coming months, with the Anat Cohen Quartet next on August 18. Also in the series are concerts by Bria Skonberg, René Marie and Sachal Vasandani, the Centrum All-Star Band directed by Clarence Acox in a Salute to Quincy Jones, Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figueredo, and The Anthony Wilson Nonet.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific, and is available as a podcast at kplu.org after the broadcast. Special thanks to Rick Chinn and Neville Pearsall for assistance with recording at Jazz Port Townsend.