by Hugo Kugiya in today’s Seattle Times
Tonight, in a former blimp hangar on the grounds of Fort Worden State Park, a rite of the Crescent City will be performed when New Orleans trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leads his band in a set of dance music from his hometown, bringing the second line to Jazz Port Townsend for the first time.
“Dances have always been popular at the festival,” said Jordan Hartt of Centrum, the local arts organization presenting the annual jazz festival. “We’ve done blues and jazz, but this is the first time we’ve had New Orleans dancing.”
Playing with Gordon’s band is guest trombonist Andre Hayward, a Houston native. Chairs will be moved and a large space cleared in front of the stage in McCurdy Pavilion for dancing that is part of the jazz tradition in New Orleans.
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