The Steve Griggs Ensemble brings Panama Hotel Jazz back to the Panama Hotel Tea Room today at 2pm. Monthly performances for the next two years are generously supported by a National Park Service Japanese Confinement Sites grant and a City of Seattle smART ventures grant. The program was created through a 4Culture Historic Site Specific grant and won an Adventurous Programming award from ASCAP and Chamber Music America.
Sound in Stone, a project of words and music inspired by the works of sculptor James Winston Washington, will move forward thanks to support from a CityArtist Project Grant awarded by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Performances at the sites of Washington’s sculptures will be scheduled for summer 2015.
I’m building my catalog at CD Baby because they provide better service than Amazon. I’ve just added Live! recorded by Jim Wilke at Jazz Alley. Stop by http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevegriggs3 to hear samples and purchase the CD or download the album.
The City of Seattle awarded a smART ventures grant to support Panama Hotel Jazz performances at the Panama Hotel Tea Room in October, November, and December. This support is matched by a National Park Service Japanese Confinement Sites grant to cover all the performance expenses. The first performance will be 2pm Saturday, October 18 (605 S. Main Sreet , Seattle). Thank you Seattle!
I’m germinating a new project for the coming months to fit with my “Songs of Unsung Seattle” portfolio. The working title is “Listen to Seattle” and I set up a blog at http://listentoseattle.blogspot.com/.
Come listen to Jay Thomas, Phil Sparks, and me Saturday, September 20 5-5:30 on the Main Stage at the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street for Nihonmachi Nite.
I will be joining author Brenda Peterson on her book tour. I plan to speak briefly about my writing and maybe even improvise a little music.
I plan to unveil a large portion of my Joe Brazil materials at Jack Straw in November. My current show is A Cup of Joe Brazil because I have to leave so much out. This night will be called A Pot of Joe Brazil because I’ll put everything back in. I hope to have new material from my upcoming visit to Detroit.
- October 23, 6:00PM Your Life is a Book reading with Brenda Peterson, Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham
- October 26, 7:00PM Your Life is a Book launch with Brenda Peterson, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle
- November 21, 7:00PM A Pot of Joe Brazil, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Florangela Davila produced a podcast about Panama Hotel Jazz for KPLU. Listen to it at http://www.kplu.org/post/panama-hotel-jazz-music-project-tells-story-historic-seattle-landmark.