The 103 year old
Panama Hotel in Seattle's International District carries the memories
of hope, hatred, and humility experienced by Japanese Americans before,
during, and after WWII. Come hear a free concert of jazz inspired by
and created for this building's rich history.
The musical program
includes a rendition of "Alley Cat Strut," the imaginary song
by Oscar Holden in Jamie Ford's novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter
This performance made possible by a generous grant from 4Culture Historic
the blog about the history behind this project.
Thomas - trumpet
Jay's discography includes 12 recordings as a leader and 44 as a sideman,
performing on trumpet, saxophone, and flute. His latest recording is
Neo Boogaloo. Jay frequently performs in Japan.
Griggs - saxophone
Steve recorded two CDs in Seattle with Elvin Jones and is featured on
the soundtrack the Bungie/Microsoft video game Halo 3: ODST.
Steve won a Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction in the 2010 Longfellow
Chorus International Composers Competition.
Pascal - vibraphone
Susan performs throughout the United States and Canada, and recently
completed her third tour to Singapore. She has played for motion picture
soundtracks including The Blind Side, Office Space, and
Eulogy, and recently collaborated in performances with the Seattle
Petersen - guitar
Milo shared the stage with Eartha Kitt, Mose Allison, and Ernestine
Anderson. He performs and teaches drums as well as guitar.
Sparks - bass
Phil is a faculty member of the UW Jazz Studies program, named Northwest
Instrumentalist of the year in 1996 by Earshot Jazz, inducted into the
Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009, and was featured in a cover story
in the May 2009 Earshot Jazz Magazine.