Holiday Jazz on Ballard Avenue Dec 2 & 8


Free concert of holiday jazz by Steve Griggs (saxophone), Scott Lytle (organ), and Milo Petersen (drums) at Marvin’s Garden Park on the corner of Ballard Avenue and 22nd Avenue NW on Dec 2 (12-1pm) and Dec. 8 (6-7pm). Sponsored by the Arts in Parks Program.

Sound in Stone prepares for release

My latest recording, Sound in Stone, features Bernie Jacobs singing musical settings of poetry by African American stone sculptor James Washington. I hope to make them available for the public in November.

1. Come Go With Me 4:07
2. Children Swinging 4:00
3. Finding Yourself 6:23
4. The Cycle of Life 4:36
5. Freeway to Heaven 4:49
6. Mother Earth 4:31

Bernie Jacobs – voice
Jay Thomas – flute, saxophone, trumpet
Steve Griggs – saxophone
Susan Pascal – vibraphone, glockenspiel
Phil Sparks – bass
Milo Petersen – drums

All lyrics from “Poems of Life” written by James Washington published in 1997. Used by permission from the Dr. James W. Washington, Jr. & Janie Rogella Washington Foundation. Except “Come Go With Me,” traditional African American Spiritual.

All musical arrangements by Steve Griggs, Benny Bop Music, ASCAP.

This project was commissioned through a CityArtist grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Recording and production made possible through the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center.

Recorded and mixed by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle, WA.

Mastered by Rick Fisher at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA.

Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Laverne Hall and the Dr. James W. Washington, Jr. & Janie Rogella Washington Foundation.

Elvin Jones 91st Birthday Bash

Join drummer Gregg Keplinger, bassist Kelsey Mines, and me as we celebrate the late, great drummer Elvin Jones. We will perform music from his repertoire as well as original compositions dedicated to his musical spirit. September 8, 9-11pm, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market St, Seattle. $10.  Reservations  206-789-1621 during business hours (after 6pm Wed-Sat).