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Rhythm in Colors Exhibit

Rhythm in Colors Jazz


June 19 - August 13, 2017
Central Library, Level 8

Join us for an intimate look into the library's growing jazz special collection. "Rhythm in Colors" highlights our city's storied history with jazz as a historic black art form that has influenced the world and animated our cultural landscape, bringing people together. Seattle jazz culture boasts a sweeping arc including award-winning musicians and music education programs.

Exhibition Highlights 

How did Seattle become a world-class jazz city?

The exhibit features the oral interviews of jazz musicians and advocates who have participated in the Library's ongoing Seattle Jazz Archive project. So far, the Library has interviewed 13 individuals and will continue to add more interviews during 2017. Madeline Crowley has produced digital video, fully indexed transcripts and still photography for each interviewee with video production support from Jack Straw Productions.

The exhibit also explores how jazz educators have helped bring jazz into schools with opportunities for students to learn and participate, making Seattle a leader in youth jazz programs.

Using their smartphones, visitors to the exhibit will be able to listen to audio clips of the oral interviews in the Library's collection, see performances and access additional materials about jazz in Seattle.


Rhythm in Colors Resources

  • Seattle Jazz History - Learn more about the history of jazz in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with these resources.
  • Seattle Jazz Recordings - Listen to the sound of Seattle jazz past and present with these recordings from local jazz musicians and visiting artists.
  • Seattle Jazz Archive Project - Includes oral histories of those who have made a significant contribution to the city's rich jazz community

Access the videos used in the exhibit


We thank our sponsors

This program is made possible with the generous support of:

The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Gary Kunis