Saturday, July 2, 2011

Matamuros Seattle Jazz-Blues Mural – Cascade District

Right Side of Mural

Noc On Wood Records / Woodshed Studios is located in the Cascade District at the corner of Fairview and Thomas in Seattle. This Friday night, after work as we walked to REI we stopped and gawked at this jazz-themed mural by the mural company Matamuros . But how to decode this mural? We think we see from left to right: Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Etta James, Quincy Jones, and Ray Charles. On the left, Seattle natives. On the right, artists who worked in Seattle? What is the significance of the apartment building 206? Where is the setting? Is that Smith Tower we see in the background, left? Does the setting represent Jackson Street and Twelfth Avenue where Seattle’s jazz scene was born?

Left Side of Mural

Full Mural

Album Cover Inspiration?
Etta James and Jimi Hendrix

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