Marina Christopher photo by Daniel Hager / Jimmie Herrod photo courtesy of artist
Saturday, April 1, 5pm
Various venues, Jackson Street
The Jackson Street Jazz Walk returns for a fourth year of “Bringing Jazz Back to Jackson Street” and a night of free music spread across six venues, in the neighborhood “where Seattle jazz was born and where it flowered” (Paul de Barros, Jackson Street After Hours).
By presenting current resident jazz artists dedicated to continuing and building upon Seattle’s jazz legacy, this annual event honors the incredible history of this community and of the art form from which Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Lewis, and many others emerged to make an impact on the world of jazz.
Presented by Jackson Commons, a citizen-led initiative to increase the vitality of Jackson Street, this year’s Jazz Walk sees Seattle-area favorites including: Eugenie Jones, Lady A, Gail Pettis, Jacqueline Tabor, Kate Voss, Marina Christopher, Jimmie Herrod, Sundae + Mr. Goessl, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints, Jim Halloran Trio, and Choroloco.
One of the highlights of the event will be the Voices of Jazz program, which features a talented roster of Northwest vocalists performing throughout the evening at Ernestine Anderson Place. Beginning at 5pm, Gail Pettis, Kate Voss, Marina Christopher, Jimmie Herrod, and Eugenie Jones will each perform a set with pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Marina Christopher, and drummer Jamael Anthony Nance.
Local promoter Parlour Trick will hold a showcase at the Cheeky Cafe, which will feature: vintage jazz duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl; recent Cornish grad and vocalist Jimmie Herrod with guitarist Jason Goessl; and Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints, recipients of the Golden Ear Award for 2016 Recording of the Year with their debut album, Dream Man.
Down the block at Lake Chad Café, the Jim O’Halloran Trio hosts a World Jam all night long, with guests including bassist Farko Dosumov, drummer Royce Shorter Jr., percussionist Lance Lu, poet Paul Nelson, harmonica player Jay Mabin, and keyboardist Marina Albero. Jazz meets blues at Wonder Sports Bar, with Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces and Pacific Northwest blues diva Lady A.
In addition to the music, Pratt Fine Arts Center celebrates its Spring Open House with “Spring Fever.” This family-friendly event is open to the public and offers attendees a chance to learn about Pratt’s unique programs and meet instructors, students, and staff, plus: hands-on art activities for kids ages 5 and up; a live bronze pour; food trucks and drinks from local vendors; artist demos in each of Pratt’s studios; and class discounts. Choroloco performs the sounds of old Brazil in Pratt’s Drawing Room from 7-8:30pm.
Full schedule and more information available at jazzwalk.org.
–Ed., courtesy of Knox Gardner