This site is collecting and sharing stories about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil. This content may be included in a publication about the life and impact of Joe Brazil.

Joe Brazil was born August 25, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan and died August 6, 2008 in Tacoma, Washington. His influence on jazz stems from jam sessions in his basement at 17846 Fleming Street in Detroit, recording Om with John Coltrane, and teaching at several schools in Seattle (Garfield High School, University of Washington, Black Academy of Music).

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. Recording and production made possible through the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Chamber Music America supported performances of A Cup of Joe Brazil through their Residency Partnership Program with The Seattle Public Library.

Steve Griggs is a journalist and saxophonist living in Seattle. He is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) and has contributed more than 40 stories to Earshot Jazz. He has been performing as a professional musician since the 1970s, is a member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers (ASCAP), Chamber Music America (CMA), and continues to win grants and awards for his composing, arranging, and producing. He has taught improvisation, jazz history, and beginning saxophone and at Puget Sound Community School. His music is released on Hip City Music, including two CDs recorded in 1998 featuring drummer Elvin Jones. He earned a degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Business Administration from Pace University, and Certificates in Arts Management and Narrative Nonfiction from the University of Washington.

Contact Steve at stephengriggs@aol.com.

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