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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

09.20.2018

Raven Chronicles has published the script from Steve Griggs Ensemble's Blues for John T. Williams in the 26th volume of its anthology titled Last Call. This final print volume from Raven Chronicles contains 428 pages and features 114 writers and 35 artists/illustrators from 22 states.

03.01.2017

The Ensemble was selected for the Playback Program by the Seattle Public Library to stream local music. They were also nominated for NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Arts in the Parks will fund 6 free concerts in Pratt Park. Jack Straw Studios awarded a residency to record Sound in Stone.

11.16.2016

The City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture has awarded the Steve Griggs Ensemble a CityArtist grant to create a new program of stories and music inspired by the August 30, 2010 killing of native carver John T. Williams by Seattle police officer Ian Birk. The program will premiere on the 2017 anniversary of the death.