Jazz Project opens new concert season

Chano Dominguez opens the Jazz Project’s 18th season on Jan. 31 at Western Washington University
Chano Dominguez opens the Jazz Project’s 18th season on Jan. 31 at Western Washington University Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Jud Sherwood’s Jazz Project, now in its 18th season, opens with an Art of Jazz Series concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall featuring Latin jazz, flamenco and post-bop pianist Chano Dominguez, with WWU’s Jazz Combos opening.

Sherwood’s nonprofit also hosts the sixth annual Bellhaven Jazz Festival on Sept. 10 at Fairhaven Village Green, as well as club performances, educational programs and jazz services for players, students, aficionados and community members who enjoy hearing live jazz from a broad range of local, regional and international instrumentalists and vocalists.

In 2016 The Jazz Project splits its Art of Jazz Series between Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, WWU and Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY), with eight concerts January through May and September through November. The first, on Sunday, is at Western; five shows will be at the Encore Room and the remainder at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) with solo to quintet performances by jazz players from Vancouver, B.C.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Los Angeles.

The Bellhaven Jazz Festival in September features Jovino Santos Neto, Blues Union, Christopher Woitach and Jennifer Scott.

Ancillary programs such as the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, the Out of the Ashes Music Therapy Program, the Medical Fund and Health Savings Pool, and lesson and scholarship funds provide services to jazz musicians, students, families and children in our community.

Sherwood says that the Jazz Project looks primarily to members to help meet its annual budget. Concerts are free for members; $16 per concert, with $2 discounts for block-ticket purchase of five or more; and $10 students and those 18 and younger.

To receive a season brochure, call him at 360-650-1066 or email him at jsherwoodjazzproject@gmail.com.

Tickets, CDs, and a way to make donations are online at www.jazzproject.org.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

Jazz Project

Who: Chano Dominguez

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

Where: Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cost: $16 general, $10 students, discounts available