From the late 1930s through the early 1950s, Seattle’s Jackson Street was a thriving hub for jazz, where Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and Ray Charles — among others — performed on a regular basis.
The jazz scene has long since migrated to other neighborhoods. But thanks to an enterprising neighborhood organization called Jackson Street Commons, jazz returns to Jackson Street Saturday, April 5, with the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, a free showcase along this fabled avenue.
The historic jazz neighborhood extended from the International District to 14th Ave. S. The new showcase takes place further up the hill, between 17th Ave. S. and 21st Ave. S. but the aim is to revive the old spirit with contemporary music of many stripes, in six venues where you probably have not heard music before: Casa Latina, Cheeky Café, El Obrero, Wonder Bar, Jaam Rek Studios and Ernestine Anderson Place.
Here’s the lineup:
Casa Latina, 317 17th Ave. S.: The Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Bembe Olele.
Cheeky Café, 1700 S. Jackson St.: Garlic Gulch Boys, Uke Alley, The Syrinx Effect.
El Obrero, 1712 S. Jackson St.: Otenio Terry, The Dark Divas of Nu Black Arts West Theatre, Draze, Faucky (Hans Teuber, saxophone, Tim Kennedy, piano, Geoff Harper, bass and Jose Martinez, drums).
Wonder Sports Bar, 1800 S. Jackson St.: Ari Joshua Group, Bernie Jacobs and his Quartet, Bubble Control with Jacques Willis on vibes, Ryan Burns on keyboards and Chris Credit and Kate Olsen on saxophone.
Jaam Rek Studio, 2000 S. Jackson St.: Reggae Band, Thione Diop’s Afro Groove.
Ernestine Anderson Place, 2010 S. Jackson St.: Guy Destin and Michael Dare, the Garfield High School Jazz Combo, University of Washington big band Jazz Underground.
In addition to the free music, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, just a block off Jackson at S. Main St. and 19th Ave. S. will be hosting its spring open house, from 6-9 pm. This includes free studio demonstrations, tours and food trucks.
Jackson Street Jazz Walk
4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, on South Jackson Street between 17th Avenue South and 21st Avenue South; free (www.jazzwalk.org).