Celebrating Panama Hotel Jazz recorded music November 16 & 17

©Stephen Griggs 2013, Sax at the Panama Hotel. Photo courtesy Stephen Griggs.
©Stephen Griggs 2013, Sax at the Panama Hotel. Photo courtesy Stephen Griggs.

CD Release Party for Panama Hotel Jazz

©Stephen Griggs, 2013, Panama Hotel Jazz Band, Doris Kogan. Photo courtesy Stephen Griggs.
©Stephen Griggs, 2013, Panama Hotel Jazz Band, Doris Kogan. Photo courtesy Stephen Griggs.

Guest blogger and Historic Site(s) Specific artist Stephen Griggs will release a recording created from music developed for a series of  Jazz performances at the Panama Hotel in late summer and early fall. You’re invited to a release party!

Panama Hotel

Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 pm

Everyday Music

Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm

Come join the celebrations to release my recording of Panama Hotel Jazz 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 16 at the Panama Hotel Tea Room (605 S. Main) and 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 17 at Everyday Music (1520 10th Ave). Both events are free and open to the public. We will listen to the recording at the Tea Room and perform some of the music live at Everyday Music. CDs will be available for $10.

Panama Hotel Jazz was funded by a 4Culture Historic Site Specific grant. It is a 90-minute program of music and narration based on the 103-year-old Panama Hotel and the building’s role in the Japanese American experience. Seven standing-room-only performances were held at the Tea Room this summer. Plans and funding are coming together to bring this program to schools and other venues.

The Panama Hotel Jazz recording was made at Jack Straw Productions by engineer Doug Haire and mastered at RFI by Rick Fisher. The ensemble is trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, guitarist Milo Petersen, bassist Phil Sparks and myself on saxophone. I wrote ten new compositions and arranged the Japanese National Anthem for this project. One song is my idea of what the song “Alley Cat Strut” sounded like from Jamie Ford’s novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Hope to see you!

-Steve Griggs