August 15, 2014

Resume

Education
2011 Certificate in Narrative Nonfiction, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2003 Certificate in Arts Management, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1992 Master of Business Administration – Management Information Systems, Pace University, New York, NY
1983 Bachelor of Musical Arts – Saxophone Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Honors and Awards/Grants

2017
$7,200 Arts in Parks contract for 6 performances at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park

2016
$4,800 CityArtist Project grant to commission music inspired by police use of force
$7,500 4Culture Heritage Project Grant to digitize interviews of musicians by Joe Brazil
Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music Award
Jazz Education Network Jazz2U grant to present Yasuhiro Fujioka at the Royal Room

2015
$14,000 4Culture Historic Site Specific Grant to create new music inspired by Chief Seattle
$8,500 4Culture Artist Project Grant to extend performances of Panama Hotel Jazz
Jack Straw Foundation Artist Support Program to record A Cup of Joe Brazil

2014
$33,000 National Park Service Japanese Confinement Sites Grant to extend Panama Hotel Jazz
$12,000 Chamber Music America Residency Partnership with the Seattle Public Library
$3,300 CityArtist Project grant to commission music inspired by James Washington
$1,000 smART ventures grant to extend Panama Hotel Jazz performances
Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music Award
Wrote narrative for Robin Holcomb’s 4Culture Historic Site Specific music at Washington Hall

2013
Jack Straw Foundation Artist Support Program to record oral histories related to Joe Brazil
Panama Hotel Jazz on Jazz After Hours list of best Northwest CDs

2012
$15,000 4Culture Historic Site Specific Grant to create music inspired by the Panama Hotel
$4,500 4Culture Individual Artist Grant to collect oral histories for a biography of Joe Brazil

2010
Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction in the 2010 Composition Competition

2001
Gavin National Jazz Radio Charts for Steve Griggs Quintet LIVE! #17, 56 stations reporting
ASCAPLUS Award

2000
Voice of America radio play for Jones for Elvin – Volume 2

Select Recordings
2016 Steve Griggs, “A Cup of Joe Brazil”, Hip City Music
2013 Steve Griggs, “Panama Hotel Jazz”, Hip City Music
2009 Microsoft/Bungie, “Halo 3: ODST”
2005 Gregg Keplinger, “Absurd World Country”, Origin
2002 Gregg Keplinger, “Not Out for Anywhere”, Origin
2001 Steve Griggs, “Steve Griggs Quintet LIVE!”, Hip City Music
2000 John Bishop, “The Piano: The Best of Seattle Jazz”, Origin
2000 Steve Griggs, “Jones for Elvin – Volume 2”, Hip City Music
1999 Steve Griggs, “Jones for Elvin – Volume 1”, Hip City Music
1997 Milo Petersen, “Late at Night” (not yet released)
1993 Steve Griggs, “The B3 Band: Shadows”, Hip City Music
1984 Steve Griggs, “Five in the Sky”, Hip City Music

Select Performances
2016
Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day – Town Hall, Seattle, WA
Densho 20th Anniversary Celebration, Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, WA
Olympia Jazz Walk – Olympia Underground, Olympia, WA
Panama Hotel Jazz – Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA
Panama Hotel Jazz – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA
Ballard Jazz Festival – Bad Albert’s, Seattle, WA

2015
Sound in Stone – Douglass-Truth Library, Seattle, WA (World Premiere)
Listen to Seattle – Duwamish Longhouse, Seattle, WA (World Premiere)
Classical Tuesdays – Slavonian Hall, Tacoma, WA
Season’s Songs – Alki Congregational United Church, Seattle, WA
North Bend Jazz Walk – Pour House, North Bend, WA
Wayward Music Series – Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA
Jazz Unlimited Series – Waving Tree Winery, Kirkland, WA

2014
Jazz Series – Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon Island, WA
Songs of Unsung Seattle – Seattle Public Library Residency, Seattle, WA
Art of Jazz – Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Seattle Jazz Vespers – First Baptist Church, Seattle, WA
Nihonmachi Nite – Japantown, Seattle, WA

2013
Panama Hotel Jazz – Panama Hotel Tea Room, Seattle, WA

2009
Bumbershoot – NW Court Stage, Seattle, WA
Seresta: Brazilian Serenade – Good Shepherd Center Chapel, Seattle, WA
James Washington Birthday Celebration – Ruins, Seattle, WA

2008
Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples play the music of Steve Griggs – Tula’s, Seattle, WA

2001
Billy Higgins Memorial Concert – Tula’s, Seattle, WA
Earshot Jazz Voice and Vision Series – Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2000
Bumbershoot – Charlotte Martin Theater, Seattle, WA
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Dave Liebman Saxophone Master Class – Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA

1999
Miles Davis Birthday Tribute – Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA

1998
Becca Duran/Jay Thomas play arrangements by Steve Griggs – Blue Heron Arts Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

1997
Earshot Living Spirit of Jazz Series – Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA

1996
Kerouac: The Essence of Jack – Velvet Elvis Theatre, Seattle, WA

1995
Steve Griggs Quintet – Bop Shop, Chicago, IL

1988
Great American Saxophone Phantasy – St. Peters Church, New York, NY

1984
Steve Griggs Quartet – The Place to Start, Indianapolis, IN

Select Publications
Chick Corea Brings Back the ’70s in Seattle, Seattle Times, Sep 25, 2011, 358 words
A Look Back at Seattle’s Black Musicians’ Union, Seattle Times, Jan 2, 2014, 498 words
The Night That John Coltrane Played Seattle and Pushed Afro-Futurism Forward, Seattle Weekly, Sep 29, 2015, 1850 words (reprinted in Stories of Music Volume 2, won 2017 International Book Award)
Quiet Bonds, Silent Boundaries, Creative Colloquy Volume 3, 2997 words
Santana Plays Classics at White River, Seattle Times, Aug 26, 2011, 373 words
Arts Coalition Report on Findings: Opinion Leader Focus Groups, Allied Arts, David Yeaworth and Steve Griggs, 2003
Jazz solo transcriptions, Earshot Jazz, Aug 1997
Steve Lacy’s solo on Skippy – A soprano saxophone transcription, DownBeat Dec 1986
David Murray’s solo on Body and Soul – A tenor saxophone transcription, DownBeat Oct 1985

Earshot Jazz Magazine Articles

Category Title

Published

Words

Artist Profiles Alex Dugdale: Dig the Gig

Jan 2014

1200

Alexey Nikolaev: Gentle Giant

Nov 2014

703

Andy Zadrozny: Aum Bass

Jan 2014

883

Anton Schwartz: Toward Reward

Mar 2014

671

Brian Kent: Grounded and Well Rounded

Sep 2012

847

Chuck Deardorf: Captain of the Groove

May 2011

1994

Eugenie Jones: Open Your Heart to What I Mean

Feb 2017

640

D’Vonne Lewis: Reveling in the Music Industry (reprinted in Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest)

Feb 2012

1606

Eric Verlinde: Honoring Music’s Core Values

Jun 2013

939

Robin Holcomb: Fostering New Music

Nov 2011

1604

Jazz Repertory Builds in Seattle: A Bridge from Past to Future

Dec 2011

2530

Jeff Johnson: Open to the Moment

Jun 2012

1627

Jim Wilke: Ear to What’s Here

Nov 2013

815

Joe Brazil: Justice for Joe

Apr 2012

2644

Joe Doria: Rooted in Recordings

Mar 2015

712

Julian Priester: Spirit Child

Apr 2016

2506

Laurie de Koch: Seattle Jazz Hero

Apr 2016

470

Luke Bergman: Making Music Tangible

Apr 2013

814

Nathan Breedlove: Recluse on the Loose

Aug 2016

890

Neil Welch: Multi-phonic Monk

Apr 2014

584

Overton Berry: Essentially Elegant

May 2012

1500

Rik Wright and Fundamental Forces

Jul 2015

743

Stuart MacDonald: Tension with Convention

May 2017

834

Thomas Marriott: Trumpeting the Scene

May 2015

768

Todd DelGiudice

Apr 2011

743

Venue Profiles Bake’s Place: A Performer’s Dream

Jul 2012

1081

Jim Foster: Jazz Live at Marine View Church

May 2016

539

The Royal Room: A Noble Idea for a New Venue

Jan 2012

1410

A Week at the Historic Home of Seattle Jazz

Jul 2011

1988

Concert Previews Victor Noriega / Gust Burns – Two Trios

Mar. 2013

595

Ahamefule Oluo: Stitching a Story

Dec 2012

951

2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

May 2013

732

2013 DeMiero Jazz Festival

Feb 2013

762

Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concerts Bless Seattle

Dec 2011

1045

Evan Flory-Barnes and Acknowledgment of a Celebration (reprinted in Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest)

Oct 2011

902

Frank Boyd: Holler Sessions at On the Boards

Jan 2015

569

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack Dejohnette

Oct 2011

498

Hot Java Cool Jazz

Mar 2013

379

Tribute to Jim Knapp

Oct 2011

499

Joe Doris: Tuesday Means McTuff

Feb 2015

843

Nelda Swiggett’s Stringtet

Oct 2011

400

North City Jazz Walk

Oct 2012

790

Portland Jazz Festival

Feb 2014

1058

Rene Hart: Make it Go

Dec 2014

491

Scrape with Jay Clayton

Oct 2011

497

Seattle Women in Jazz Festival

Apr 2013

713

SWOJO Plays the Music of Robin Holcomb

Nov 2011

193

Robin Holcomb and Talking Pictures

Nov 2011

183

CD Reviews Brad Gibson: Poontet

Dec 2014

433

Burn List: Fresh Music from Seattle

May 2014

802

Dee Daniels: State of the Art

May 2014

319

Frank Kohl: Invisible Man

Dec 2014

533

Hallways by Jared Hall

Jun 2017

201

Moraine: Groundswell

Dec 2014

596

Nelly Bly by Samantha Boshnack

Jun 2017

209

With Friends Like These by Pearl Django

Jun 2017

217

Lessons from Listening to the KPLU School of Jazz

Aug 2011

1482

Wayne Horvitz: At the Reception

Dec 2014

735

Film Reviews Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Jun 2017

496

Nate Omdal: Soundtrack to the Film Enemy Within

Dec 2014

529

Book Reviews Before Seattle Rocked: A City and its Music

Jan 2012

715

The Blue Note – Seattle’s Black Musicians’ Union, A Pictorial History

Feb 2014

518

Shall We Play that One Together? – The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland

Nov 2012

928

Education Reviews Earshot Jazz Education: Reaching and Teaching Younger Ears

Apr 2014

370

Four Swinging Schools on Seattle’s North Side

Jun 2011

1997

Perspectives: Musicians and Social Change

Sep 2017

646

How-To Grant Seeking Tips for Seattle Jazz Artists

Jan 2013

1725

Grant Seeking Tips for Seattle Jazz Artists

Jan 2016

1389

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West, Jason. “Studio Sciences – Part 2” Earshot Jazz December 1998

Professional Associations
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – Member
Chamber Music America – Organizational Member
Earshot Jazz – Lifetime Member
Artist Trust – Member
Jack Straw Foundation – Member
Hip City Music Record Label- Owner
Benny Bop Music Publishing – Owner