February 2, 1999
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"JACKSON STREET AFTER HOURS" EXHIBIT AT WSU TRI-CITIES THROUGH FEB. 25
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Imagine a time when Seattle, which now rolls up its streets at 10 p.m., was full of people walking up and down the sidewalk after midnight, ducking in and out of 34 nightclubs along Jackson Street, listening to jazz.
This era comes alive in a new historical photography exhibit, "Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle," now at Washington State University at Tri-Cities.
The exhibit, in the West Building atrium, runs through Feb. 25. Exhibit hours are 10-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
"Jackson Street After Hours" is an oral history, book and photography exhibit that documents, for the first time, the rich black after-hours scene that flourished along Jackson Street from 1937-1951. This is the era that nourished the early careers of Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson; helped to shape respected jazz musicians such as Buddy Catlett, Don Lanphere, Patti Bown and Floyd Standifer; and whose legacy is felt in the styles of Diane Schuur and Kenny G.
The oral history project was launched in 1988 by nationally-respected jazz critic Paul de Barros, for the King County Landmarks Heritage Program. Project Director de Barros is a contributing jazz critic for The Seattle Times, founder of the local jazz support organization Earshot Jazz, and has served on the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest jazz advisory study panel.
The show is touring the United States under the auspices of Exhibit Touring Services (ETS), and a program in the College of Arts Letters and Social Sciences at Eastern Washington University.
The Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities is sponsoring the exhibit at the campus, located just north of Hanford High School.
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