The 2013 Golden Ear Awards, celebrating the contributions and achievements in Seattle jazz, were presented at The Royal Room on March 10. Industrial Revelation – Evan Flory-Barnes on upright bass, D'Vonne Lewis on drums, Ahamefule J. Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings on piano – opened the evening, and jazz radio broadcaster Jim Wilke emceed the award ceremony.
Each year, the Golden Ear awards give jazz fans an opportunity to vote for the outstanding musicians, community members and events of the previous year. A call for nominations goes out in January, with a public ballot then distributed by the Earshot Jazz website and publication. More than 7,000 votes were cast this year.
We congratulate all the nominees in this annual look at the region's vibrant jazz ecology, and thank you, Golden Ear voters, for your record-breaking participation in recognizing and celebrating all of the incredible talent in the Northwest.
Industrial Revelation kicks off the night at The Royal Room. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Vocalist Eugenie Jones accepts the award for Recording of the Year for her album Black Lace Blue Tears. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Wayne Horvitz, one of the premiere composers in the Northwest, accepts the award for Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year. Horvitz arranges music for and conducts The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman accepts the award for Emerging Artist of the Year. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Jim Knapp holds up the award for the late and celebrated saxophonist Bert Wilson, who was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
The Nomination and Ballot Process
Earshot asks a select list of King County jazz fans, artists, journalists, and industry professionals to help in a nominating process. The nominations included on the final voter ballot are drawn from a consensus of the suggestions Earshot receives. The final ballots consider work accomplished in the previous calender year and are intended to recognize and reward astists and ensembles whose work for the prior year stands out as exemplary. Ballot write-in votes are also accepted.
Each year the Golden Ear Awards program provides an opportunity for Seattle jazz fans and performers to celebrate the region's jazz accomplishments of the previous year. Earshot Jazz initiated the Golden Ear Awards in 1990 to recognize the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year, and to induct significant members of the jazz community into the local Jazz Hall of Fame. Over the years, the award categories have shifted slighty, but the essence of the process has remained the same.