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Earshot Concerts and Events

Earshot Jazz is respected for balancing 30 years of forward-thinking concert presentations with many services to the community. Among the nearly 100 concerts presented each year are the Earshot Jazz Festival, the Art of Jazz Series, a Spring Series of concerts, and an annual presentation of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music.

Earshot strives to present the continuum of jazz as an enduring art form, with a rich history, a vibrant and varied present, and a strong and positive future.

Art of Jazz Series
Earshot Jazz collaborates with the Seattle Art Museum in programming and presenting the Art of Jazz Series, now in it's 16th year. Always well attended, the after-work concerts are free with museum admission -- a great bargain given the two-for-one line up of fine jazz and major art exhibits. Join us the Seattle Art Museum on the second Thursday of every month.

Earshot Jazz Festival
Now in its 26th year, the Earshot Jazz Festival presents the full spectrum of jazz - from high profile concerts in Seattle's finest halls, to cutting-edge creations that move the art form ever forward. Festival events include concerts by some of the most important and emerging artists in the world, a series of rare jazz films, photo exhibits, panel discussions, educational programs and more.

Photo: Robert Glasper performing at the 2005 Earshot Jazz Festival. Photo by D. Sheehan

Golden Ear Awards
The annual Golden Ear Awards program provides an opportunity for Seattle jazz fans and performers to celebrate the region's jazz accomplishments of the previous year. After all the ballots are tallied, King County's jazz community gathers for an evening gala event with live music and an awards ceremony.

Photo: NW Vocalist of the Year for 2005, Greta Matassa. Photo by D. Sheehan.

Earshot Spring Series
Earshot presents several special concerts and events through out the year. Every Spring Earshot puts together a series of jazz concerts to ease transition from the short, damp days of Winter to the beautiful, sun-filled days of Summer.

Photo: Danilo Perez performing as part of the 2006 Earshot Jazz Spring Series. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Jazz: The Second Century Series
In the summer of 2006, Earshot Jazz began a comprehensive project entitled “Jazz: The Second Century,” an initiative intended to address jazz’s progressive transition into the future. This concert series seeks to bring the discussion into creative motion where it matters most - on the stage, with an attentive audience.

Concert of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music
Duke Ellington is one of the great composers in American history. His "Sacred Music," both serious and swinging, was premiered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in 1965. This annual concert is a long-standing holiday tradition of Seattle jazz fans and features the all-star Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalists, choir, and tap dancer.

NEA Jazz Masters
Earshot is proud to be a part of the NEA Jazz Masters initiatives. Recent NEA Jazz Master performances and outreach programs included Jimmy Heath, Gerald Wilson, James Moody and Toshiko Akiyoshi.

Photo: NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. Photo by Bruce Moore / All About Jazz.

Earshot Jazz is a Seattle based nonprofit music, arts and service organization formed in 1984 to support jazz and increase awareness in the community.  Earshot Jazz publishes a monthly newsletter, presents creative music and educational programs, assists jazz artists, increases listenership, complements existing services and programs, and networks with the national and international jazz community.

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