Commemorating Detention of Japanese Men in Seattle

20151123_1629237pm December 8, Satori Lab Theater, Inscape, 815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle (doors open at 6:30) Get free tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

To acknowledge the 74th anniversary of the detention of all Japanese born men in Seattle within 24 hours of the Pearl Harbor bombing, we will perform Panama Hotel Jazz in the same building where they were incarcerated. The lobby of the building contains an informational display so come early. No late seating.

Solo Saxophone Serenades

20151112_1415577pm December 3 – Chapel Performance Space, 4th floor of the Good Shepherd Center,  4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle ($5-15 suggested donation)

The Wayward Music Series presents a show of memoir and solo saxophone improvisations. I plan to perform on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones and share stories of my evolving relationship to music.

Indigenous Storywork

Indigenous StoryworkIndigenous Storywork by  Jo-ann “Q’um Q’um Xiiem” Archibald is helping to evolve my perspective and focus the content of Listen to Seattle. Yesterday I sat down and wrote songs based on the perspective of respect and reciprocity.

Location for Sound in Stone Premiere

20150714_133949The Northwest Courtyard at Safeco Plaza may be the site of the premiere for Sound in Stone. The location features 4 benches by James Washington and 2 fountains (not working) by George Tsutakawa. I’m working with the property manager to schedule the event.

4Culture Supports Panama Hotel Jazz Performance Extension

panamadoorssmallContrary to the growing stack of grant rejections, 4Culture will fund the Panama Hotel Jazz Performance Extension. This provides matching funds for the National Park Service grant that supports monthly performances at the the Panama Hotel and other regional locations. My deepest gratitude to 4Culture for commissioning this piece and their ongoing support! This allows the performances to be free to the public while the artists get paid to perform.

2015 Jack Straw Artist Support

jackstrawJack Straw Productions selected the Steve Griggs Ensemble for Artist Assistance in the 2015 Jack Straw Artist Support Program. The discounted studio time will be used to record A Cup of Joe Brazil.

Unpublished Autobiography of James Washington

WashingtonFoundationI began work on Sound In Stone yesterday by visiting the James and Janie Washington Foundation. I read a 21 chapter draft autobiography that was assembled with the help of Doreen Mitchum and Nancy Rawles. Mr. Washington describes his experiences with racism, relationships with Mark Tobey and Diego Rivera, and artistic process. I look forward to weekly visits at this rich trove of information.