Japanese Language School: finding a story in a song

First, listen: This song was the inspiration for UW Tacoma student Pearl Lee's research into Tacoma's Japanese Language School and the community which it served. With the building no longer standing, and the song only alive in the memory of students who attended the school many decades ago, it was a haunting but inspiring beginning... Continue Reading →

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Mr. Jazz Man of Tacoma

Several students taking the 'Musical History of Tacoma' course at UW Tacoma were intrigued to research the story of "Red" Kelly, an illustrious jazz bassist who settled in Tacoma in his later years and managed, with his wife Donna, a restaurant and jazz club at the corner of 11th and Tacoma Avenue. Kelly's extensive collection... Continue Reading →

Little Bill and the Bluenotes

UW Tacoma student Rachel Wilkinson pursued research into Bill Engelhart and the Bluenotes, one of Tacoma's earliest rock-n-roll bands. Her research resulted in two fantastic artifacts which we're happy to share here: Research paper: Little Bill and the Bluenotes: Tacoma's First Rock Band Multimedia presentation: Little Bill and the Bluenotes: The Life and Times of Bill... Continue Reading →

The Fabulous Wailers: The Early Years

UW Tacoma student Marissa Edwards chose to explore the Tacoma rock band 'The Fabulous Wailers' for her research project in the Musical History of Tacoma course. Learn more by reading Marissa's research paper, or exploring her very informative PowerPoint slides!

The Ventures: Starting Rock & Roll in Tacoma

UW Tacoma student Tracie Huynh explored The Ventures, known as 'the band that launched a thousand bands', as her final project for the Musical History of Tacoma class at UW Tacoma. To learn more about this important Tacoma band, read Tracie's research paper, or check out her multimedia presentation!  

Tacoma Theatre

For long-time Tacomans of a certain age, it was a movie theater known as the Music Box, but for the first few decades of its life, it was a stage venue, playing host to a wide range of musical guests. The grand brick structure at the corner of 9th and Broadway, between the Pantages and... Continue Reading →

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