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Friday, May 4, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Jazz artists invited to get into the picture

Are you — or have you ever been — a Seattle jazz musician?

Then step into the picture, please.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, local jazz players will gather on the steps of Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., for a group photograph taken by Seattle's Daniel Sheehan. Hundreds of musicians have already been invited, but project leader Tom Marriott, a jazz trumpet player, says he wants to be sure no one has been left out.

Called "A Great Day in Seattle," the photograph is meant to be a local echo of the famous 1958 jazz photograph taken in New York that came to be known as "A Great Day in Harlem."

Prints will be signed by the musicians in the picture and will go on sale in April 2008, during Jazz Appreciation Month. Proceeds will be donated to the MusiCares Foundation, a charitable entity affiliated with the Recording Academy (the group that presents the Grammy Awards).

The photograph is scheduled to be snapped at 3:30 p.m., but musicians are advised to arrive an hour early.

— Paul de Barros, Seattle Times jazz critic

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

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