Industrial Revelation photo by Shasta Bree

Seattle Public Library Presents Rhythm in Colors: Jazz in Seattle

The Seattle Public Library presents a new program, Rhythm in Colors: Jazz in Seattle, at its Central Library (1000 4th Ave) from June 19 through August 13. The exhibit features the oral interviews of jazz musicians and advocates who have participated in the Library’s ongoing Seattle Jazz Archive project.

The Library has interviewed 13 individuals to date and will continue to add more interviews during 2017.

Madeline Crowley has produced digital video, fully indexed transcripts, and still photography for each interviewee, with video production support from Jack Straw Productions. All of the interviews are archived in the Library’s Special Collections Online.

The exhibit explores how jazz educators have helped bring jazz into schools with opportunities for students to learn and participate, making Seattle a leader in youth jazz programs. Visiting jazz artists have helped keep the jazz scene vibrant and ever-evolving. With materials from the Maggie Hawthorn papers, the exhibit takes a look at some of the more influential visitors. Library staff members have assembled a resource guide to complement the exhibit. Visitors will be able to listen to audio clips of the oral interviews in the Library’s collection on their smartphones, see performances, and access additional materials about jazz in Seattle.

During the month of July, the Library will host three free programs about jazz in Seattle: July 5, Industrial Revelation in concert (12-1pm, Central Library Level 3); July 16, “Lady Be Good”: Women Play Jazz (2-4pm, Central Library Microsoft Auditorium); July 28, “Celebrating Ernestine Anderson with Eugenie Jones” (7-9pm, Central Library Microsoft Auditorium). More information available at

STG Songwriters Lab

STG’s Songwriters Lab, which runs July 17-22, is for young musicians (ages 14-20) interested in pursuing their artistic vision as songwriters and lyricists. Under the mentorship of professional musicians, students learn creative approaches to song composition and lyric writing, along with strategies for navigating the music business. STG’s Songwriters Lab encourages collaboration across music genres and instrumentation; all styles of music encouraged to apply. Sign-up deadline is July 10. More info & application at

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July 1, 2017