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Steve Griggs Ensemble
Ensemble

Ensemble Members
Jay Thomas, Trumpet, saxophone, flute
Milo Petersen, Guitar, drums
Susan Pascal, Vibraphone, marimba
Phil Sparks, Bass
Steve Griggs, Saxophone
Contact
Steve Griggs


Address
5727 33rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA, 98105
Phone
206-523-4983

Additional Info
Year Founded
1998
Repertoire
Jazz
Size
Quintet
Instrumentation
Mixed

The Steve Griggs Ensemble specializes in site-specific work emphasizing social justice. The group won the ASCAP/CMA Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music in 2013 and 2015. Their repertoire includes "Panama Hotel Jazz" about Japanese American incarceration during WWII, "Listen to Seattle" about the lack of federal recognition for the Duwamish tribe, "A Cup of Joe Brazil" about institutional racism against jazz, and "Sound in Stone" about creative freedom. Commissions and support come from regional and national organizations.

Events

August 3, 2014
2:00 PM
Seattle Public Library Central Branch
Seattle, WA
January 10, 2015
2:00 PM
Panama Hotel Tea Room
Seattle, WA
February 14, 2015
2:00 PM
Panama Hotel Tea Room
Seattle, WA

News

06.26.2015

4Culture will join the National Park Service and City of Seattle in funding the Panama Hotel Jazz Performance Extension. This program brings Panama Hotel Jazz to the Panama Hotel Tea Room every 2nd Saturday of the month until August 2016. 

12.12.2014

The Steve Griggs Ensemble will create Listen to Seattle, a program of narration and music inspired by the life and words of Chief Seattle, with support from a 4Culture Historic Site Specific Grant. The program will premiere at the Duwamish Long House in 2015 followed by free performances at historically significant sites.

11.24.2014

The Steve Griggs Ensemble performed Panama Hotel Jazz to a sold-out crowd at Vashon Allied Arts on November 22. The performance was supported by a King County Community Engagement Grant.