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 schedule of programs is:
- Aug 12 Panama Hotel Jazz (about Japanese American incarceration during WWII)
- Aug 19 Listen to Seattle (about Duwamish tribe and river with James Rasmussen)
- Aug 26 A Cup of Joe Brazil (about the Detroit saxophonist who taught jazz at UW)
- Sep 9 Blues for John T. Williams (about Seattle Police Department use of force)
- Sep 16 Sound in Stone (poetry by James Washington sung by Bernie Jacobs)
- Sep 23 Panama Hotel Jazz (about Japanese American incarceration during WWII)
The ensemble includes trumpeter Jay Thomas, saxophonist Griggs, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, guitarist Milo Petersen, and bassist Phil Sparks.
These performances are supported by a City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Arts in the Parks Program. Two of programs were commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture CityArtist Program and two others were commissioned by the 4Culture Historic Site Specific Program. One program was supported by the National Park Service Japanese Confinement Sites Program. Three programs were supported through the Jack Straw Foundation Artist Support Program. The programs have twice won the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Program of Contemporary Music.