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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jazz Sorrows

posted by on June 24 at 16:06 PM

Ernestine Anderson lives in Seattle!
That’s the good news. The bad news: she’s about to get evicted.

THE MORTGAGE and housing market crisis has ensnared a lot of household names across the nation.

Now we can add a Seattle music icon to the list.

Jazz vocalist great Ernestine Anderson, who lives in the Central District, is in danger of losing her home, which is in foreclosure proceedings.

Friends and supporters citywide are trying to raise $45,000 by a June 30 deadline to prevent the 79-year-old woman’s six-bedroom family home from being auctioned.

In the words of Washington: This bitter earth.

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This is nauseating from lots of angles.

a) I could someday be in her shoes.

b) No senior should be subjected to this kind of hardship and worry, let alone a jazz icon.

c) June 30th? $45,000? Jesus.

Surely, at least one Line Our reader must know a filthy-rich jazz buff with a couple twenty grand burning a hole in their trousers. Right? I'll be contributing what little I can.

Posted by Aaron | June 24, 2008 4:39 PM

i love her version of "keep an eye on love." had no idea that she lived in seattle. sad news.

Posted by kevin jones | June 24, 2008 5:47 PM

Charles, thank you for posting this gloomy, gloomy news.

Posted by Christopher DeLaurenti | June 24, 2008 7:27 PM

As the son of a man who would probably literally give this woman his life savings right now for the amazing voice she had (and kept our family listening to her records nearly every week) is there any specific info on where we can send $?

Thanks, Charles.

Posted by Chris Estey | June 24, 2008 9:05 PM

This world knows no shame. Paul Allen should cough up the dough -- a mere pittance on his coffers -- if only to atone for the multiple sins of the EMP fiasco.

The woman is a National Treasure.

Posted by kerri harrop | June 25, 2008 6:59 AM

Like she needs those six bedrooms? Fuck her.

Posted by Rufio (From Hook) | June 25, 2008 7:47 AM

Wow, the cravenness of the listing is what really gets me: "Excellent opportunity to own the property of legendary jazz artist Ernestine Anderson. Views of Mount Rainier and Garfield High School where she attended school. Loads of potential. Home is a fixer and value is in the land."

Translated: you could fix up the house, but you'd probably do better to demolish it and build a couple townhomes on the land, from which you'll have a lovely view the old high school of the legend you'll be displacing. Sick stuff.

Posted by Levislade | June 25, 2008 12:08 PM

Hm. That's actually the listing from her second home, which she is trying to sell . . . sorry, about that . . . sympathy levels dropping . . .

Posted by Levislade | June 25, 2008 12:55 PM

What's worst is that the listing trumpets that you can own the property of someone famous, but doesn't say that the famous person is a) alive and b) doesn't want to sell. It's despicable advertising.

I actually read this listing a few days ago while househunting and, being utterly unschooled in all things jazz, assumed it was just a house she'd lived in as a kid, or that she'd passed away. Similar to the Cobain and Hendrix houses. It wasn't until I saw Jamieson's article yesterday that I realized the truth.

Posted by Organized Lightning | June 25, 2008 12:56 PM

I really don't mean any disrespect to this talented woman, but how does a 79 year old with irregular work own a 6 bedroom home with a $5,000 mortgage in addition to a 1/3 of a million dollar bungalow nearby AND have a cash flow problem? When did she buy the house she owns the back mortgage on?

That's not an accusation, it's a question. Has she been struggling for a while or is this a predatory lender story?

No matter, wishing all the best to her.

Posted by Dougsf | June 25, 2008 4:42 PM

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