2006 Wardenburg Scholarship
|Congratulations to the
2006 Wardenburg Scholarship recipients. From left to right.
Zach Para on drums, Alex Rudee on saxophone, Ashley Webster
on piano. Photos taken during their combo performances
at Centrum's Port Townsend Jazz Workshop. Photo by Earshot
The Wardenburg Scholarship
The Wardenburg Scholarship provides
financial assistance for young, inner-city jazz musicians
to attend Centurm's Port Townsend Jazz Workshop.
The celebrated bassist and composer
John Clayton leads the 5-day workshop. Participants enjoy
daily rehearsals in combos, improvisation, or vocal classes,
receiving focused instruction as they prepare for a performance
at the end of the workshop. For more information on the Port
Townsend Jazz Workshop go to www.centrum.org.
Earshot does not accept scholarship
applications directly, instead we work with Centrum's financial
aid department to select the recipients.
To donate to the Warden Scholarship
Fund contact Earshot Jazz at (206) 547-6763.
About Fred Wardenburg
Fred Wardenburg was a great
supporter of local jazz, particularly of jazz education. A
jazz musician, himself, Fred started Earshots scholarship
program for Centrum's Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in 1990. He
did most of the fundraising, and worked with teachers to identify
young, inner-city jazz musicians who would benefit from assistance
to attend the highly regarded jazz camp. Over the years, he
found scholarships for over 50 participants at the Centrum
Upon retirement from his work
as a family therapist, Fred took up jazz piano, painting,
worked on a jazz novel, and always took classes at the Centrum
workshops an unassuming, older guy among the young
cats. In May of 2006 Fred died from cancer. His life was one
of exemplary breadth and endeavor.
After graduating from Princeton
University with an engineering degree, he entered film and
and soon made the acclaimed 1962 documentary The Streets of
Greenwood, about efforts to register black voters in Mississippi.
It was one of the earliest civil-rights film documents.
He first moved to Seattle in
1970, but returned East to work in public TV for example,
he made several short films for Sesame Street. While filming
family therapists in New York, he decided to become a family
therapist, himself. He returned to Seattle to study at the
University of Washington, then co-founded the Montlake Institute
in 1982 to train family therapists.
He closed his practice in 1996,
and devoted more time to his family, artistic pursuits, and
community work, includ-
ing with Earth Ministry, which is devoted to faith, daily
life, and ecology. Fred asked that donations in his memory
be made to Earth Ministry (206-632-2426) or Earshot Jazzs