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Panama Hotel Jazz

Satruday November 22, 2014

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Celebrating Vashon’s Japanese and agrarian heritage

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Panama Hotel Jazz

Panama Hotel JazzThe 103 year old Panama Hotel in Seattle's International District carries the memories of hope, hatred, and humility experienced by Japanese Americans before, during, and after WWII. Come hear a free concert of jazz inspired by and created for this building's rich history.
The musical program includes a rendition of "Alley Cat Strut," the imaginary song by Oscar Holden in Jamie Ford's novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

This performance made possible by a generous grant from 4Culture Historic Site Specific.


ABOUT The PANAMA HOTEL 

Panama Hotel
Located in downtown Seattle since 1910, The Panama Hotel includes 101 rooms and still operates to this day. It has six commercial storefronts at the street level and the last remaining intact Japanese Sento bathhouse in the United States.
The Panama Hotel is a piece of American history, previously left out of history books. The personal belongings of Japanese-Americans interned during World War II still remain as they were– left in trunks in the basement. This internment event marked the end of a decades-long commitment and progress of Japanese Americans dating back to the 1800s. The hotel has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
- See more at: http://www.sitespecificarts.org/project/panama-hotel-jazz/#sthash.R0GnaY8T.dpuf

 

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