The jazz scene in Seattle peaked between 1937 and 1951 and was centered around Jackson Street in what is now the International District. For the past several years the Jackson St. Music History Project, a partnership between the Pratt Fine Arts Center Youth Art Works and the Jackson Place Community Council, has been working with kids to create community art that celebrates Seattle’s place in jazz history. This Saturday, April 5, they’re bringing jazz back to Jackson with the Jackson St. Jazz Walk, featuring performances from 18 bands and musicians.
Best of all, this event is FREE and performances will be spread between six venues on Jackson Street between 16th and 21st Avenue South, giving you a taste of what club-hopping was like in jazz’s heyday. The lineup includes a diverse range of music representing Seattle’s eclectic contemporary jazz scene, from the Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble to the Garlic Gulch Boys to the Bernie Jacobs Quartet and the Central District’s own Garfield High School jazz band. The walk starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at midnight. See a full schedule and lineup here.
Also included on the schedule is the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s “One Hot Night”, the center’s bi-annual open house that offers live demonstrations, food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks, and class discounts for attendees. The open house is free and runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pratt is located at 1902 S. Main St., one block north of Jackson.
This is a great opportunity to discover (or rediscover) Jackson Street, listen to some excellent music and support the Central District!