Seattle Channel broadcast the August 30, 2017 premiere of Blues for John T Williams by the Steve Griggs Ensemble. Commissioned through a CityArtist grant from the Office of Arts & Culture. Filmed by Ian Devier.
Pre-order Sound of Stone before 11/15/2017 and save 30%! Go to http://www.shop.hipcitymusic.com/Sound-in-Stone-audio-CD-HC-101062.htm. We’re recording this right now. Five poems by sculptor James Winston Washington set to music plus the spiritual “Come Go With Me,” all sung by Bernie Jacobs. Release will be in time for a great holiday gift!
We will present Blues for John T. Williams 7:30pm, November 18 at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds St, Seattle). This program was commissioned through a CityArtist grant from the Office of Arts & Culture and premiered at the John T. Williams Honor Totem on August 30, 2017, the 7th anniversary of Williams’ death.
Last year, the Steve Griggs Ensemble presented Listen to Seattle at Town Hall on Indigenous Peoples Day. The program featured stories about the Duwamish Tribe and Duwamish river. Duwamish tribal member James Rasmussen joined the ensemble to speak to the audience about the history and clean up of the Duwamish river Superfund site. Duwamish tribal Read more about 2016 Indigenous Peoples Day[…]
On the 7th anniversary of native carver John T Williams being killed by a Seattle police officer, the Steve Griggs Ensemble will premiere a 75-minute show honoring his life and passing. John’s brother Rick will be at the Memorial Totem Pole at the corner of 5th Avenue and Broad Street on the Southeast corner of Read more about World Premiere of Blues for John T Williams[…]
The Steve Griggs Ensemble, a Seattle jazz quintet, will perform six free concerts at the amphitheater in Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park (2100 S Jackson St, Seattle). The concerts will be on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:30pm, rain or shine. The programs will consist of original stories and music inspired by local social justice history. The Read more about Six Free Concerts in the Park[…]
August 9, 8:00pm Blowing in from Chicago with Joel Spencer and Joan Hickey, Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S., Seattle Click Here for Advance Tickets Chicago drummer Joel Spencer and pianist Joan Hickey join Seattle’s Jay Thomas, Steve Griggs, and Phil Sparks to re-interpret songs from the 1957 Blue Note record Blowing in from Chicago. Read more about Blowing in from Chicago[…]
Honored to have the Panama Hotel Jazz Ensemble nominated for NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Cast your ballot at https://www.earshot.org/gea-2016-ballot/ by March 8.
Kamna Shastri wrote a review of Panama Hotel Jazz for the International Examiner. Read the article here .
Come on down to the Royal Room (5000 Rainier Ave S) 7:30 Monday, December 5 to pick up a copy of A Cup of Joe Brazil. The CD was produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program and was mastered by Rick Fisher. The CD includes a song by Joe Brazil! We will be performing Read more about A Cup of Joe Brazil CD Release December 5[…]