The 6th Annual 

JAZZ WALK 
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September 6th & 7th, 2019
Benefiting Northwest Harvest
2019 Presenting Sponsor
In The Shadow Of A Legacy
The Roots of the Jackson Street Jazz Walk
Overview
 The Jackson Street Jazz Walk (JSJW) commemorates the musical legacy of Jackson Street through this community-wide MUSIC, ART, COMMUNITY - ACTION live music event. 


Produced by singer/songwriter/producer, Eugenie Jones, and through the generous sponsorship of Vulcan Inc, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute  and many other community partners, the JSJW features a diverse array of jazz, blues, and alternative artists. Hosted by businesses located along Central District’s historic Jackson Street - between 16th and 21st Avenues South - the walk benefits NW Harvest, asking guests to contribute 3 or more food drive items as admission.

Community Co-Presenter
The walk takes place on the same evening as Pratt Fine Arts Center's Fall Open House featuring a live hot bronze pour and art demos in all of the studios. Hands-on art-making activities for kids, music, food trucks, and more! 

The History of Jackson Street Jazz
Dating back to 1918 when Miss Lillian Smith's Jazz Band performed in Washington Hall (*Source below),  the Jackson Street/Central District area has generated a rich legacy within the world of jazz.  As a proving ground and culturally diverse entertainment arena, it was home to local and international icons, including Ernestine Anderson, Ray Charles, and Quincy Jones.  It is known for its uniquely-Seattle contribution to the world of jazz.


Inspired by this rich legacy, the first Jackson Street Jazz Walk was launched in April 2013 by community organizer, Knox Gardner, and a collection of Seattle Neighborhood Community Councils.

The jazz walk was and remains today, a community-engaging celebration of a shared history,  as well as a platform for today’s talented artists to share their gifts, abilities, and passion for their art form.   

For more on the history of Jackson Street and the Central District's contributions to the music and entertainment world, please visit these online resources... 

*University of Washington


"Forging of a Black Community"
by Professor Quintard Taylor
Jazz Walk Volunteers Are Needed
 If you are interested in volunteering to greet guests at the door and oversee food item donations, or if you are interested in introducing a band, please email us at jacksonstreetjazz@gmail.com