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Jackson Street Jazz Walk honors Seattle jazz past, present and future Saturday and Sunday

Photo by Eugenie Jones
The first family of Seattle music: (l-r) Dave Lewis III, Donovan Lewis, D'Vonne Lewis appear at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk Friday night.

Black History Month concludes at the end of the week, and Seattle jazz musicians and fans will be celebrating the legacy of African-American musicians in the Northwest Saturday and Sunday nights with the virtual Jackson Street Jazz Walk.

One of the hottest jazz spots in the country in the 1940s was along Seattle's Jackson Street, with clubs that saw early performances from then-local stars Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. Seattle's jazz legacy continues with livestreamed performances from the Northwest's best this weekend.
KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson spoke with Jazz Walk Executive Producer Eugenie Jones about the important place African Americans have in Seattle music history, and says the Jackson Street Jazz Walk is honoring their legacy and moving it forward.

Credit Jazz Walk poster used with kind permission.
Virtual performances, still filled with life and passion.

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a third generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.