50 years after death, Jimi Hendrix continues shaping Seattle music -- as same racial inequities persist

50 years after death, Jimi Hendrix continues shaping Seattle music -- as same racial inequities persist
Seattle rockers Ayron Jones, left, and Eva Walker at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle on September 8, 2020. Fifty years after his death, Hendrix continues to influence many Seattle artists, including Jones and Walker. - Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS

SEATTLE — He’s not onstage, but Jabrille “Jimmy James” Williams is busting out the deep cuts. It doesn’t take much prodding to get one of Seattle’s premier guitar players — a certified Jimi Hendrix aficionado — on a roll, recounting with love tales of lost jam sessions and other Hendrixian legends that burn as brightly as a flaming Stratocaster.Even his stage name, a pseudonym Hendrix himself once used, is partly an homage to the Seattle-reared music icon. “Jimi Hendrix represented everything that has to do with the word ‘freedom,’” James says in a phone interview. “People want to put him in a...

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