Jackson Street Jazz Walk celebrates community and heritage

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Celebrating the birthplace of jazz in Seattle and the vibrant community that supports it, the 9th annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk September 10 also supports nonprofit organizations that serve the Central District.

The rich musical history of Seattle’s central neighborhood, once a predominantly black neighborhood, is well documented in Paul de Barros’ 1993 book “Jackson Street after hours.”

First held in 2013, the Jackson Street Jazz Walk was started by Knox Gardner and other community organizers to celebrate the neighborhood’s African-American musical heritage.

In 2018, singer Eugenie Jones took over leadership of the event, with a new focus on “Music For A Cause”, forming a non-profit organization to provide free music events to the community, support artists and local venues and donate its profits to other non-profit organizations. in the zone.

“This is our fifth time at bat,” Jones said in an interview with KNKX.

“And I think, cumulatively, in terms of all the musicians that have been hired over those five years, the nonprofits that we’ve provided funds to through our events, as well as the businesses that we’ve help attract customers – it’s a good community outreach effort that’s put on by the community, for the community, and it shows that it can be a successful paradigm.

A “Black and White Gala” on the night of September 9, the festivities will kick off with live music and dancing at the Central Area Senior Center.

Jones is also busy planning the upcoming celebration of the life and legacy of Seattle jazz icon Ernestine Anderson, which will take place Nov. 5.

The 2022 Jackson Street Jazz Walk on September 10 features 12 bands on seven stages. Admission is by Donwhose proceeds go to Northwest Harvest, a national network for the fight against food insecurity.

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