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Earshot Jazz is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) arts organization formed in 1984 in service to the growing community of jazz artists and audiences in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Earshot publishes a monthly news magazine, provides educational programs and special projects in jazz, and presents nearly 100 concerts annually, including Seattle's major jazz festival. Earshot has established an international reputation for the quality of its programming and services while becoming an integral part of Seattle's vibrant cultural scene.

Early in the 1990s, Earshot Jazz was recognized as one of 20 primary sites in the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest National Jazz Network. Beginning in March 2000, we joined 11 other key organizations in the US to comprise JazzNet, a significant jazz support initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Fund. Earshot Jazz is also one of the founding member organizations of the Western Jazz Presenters Network. Earshot's principal areas of activity include:

Jason Moran performing at the 2006 Earshot Jazz Festival. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Presentation of Creative Music

  • Some 100 concerts presented or co-sponsored by Earshot Jazz each year
  • EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL, "Seattle's most important annual jazz event" — DownBeat. More than 250 artists presented in three weeks of concerts, education programs and related events in Seattle. "One of the best jazz festivals in America" — Seattle Times
  • Special concerts by national touring musicians and collaborations with other arts presenters such as Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and Cornish College of the Arts
  • Monthly Art of Jazz series in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum
  • Presentation of "Duke Ellington Sacred Music" concerts, a holiday tradition featuring big band, gospel choir and soloists using musical scores acquired by Earshot Jazz

Earshot Jazz publication

  • A monthly news magazine celebrating more than 20 years of publication
  • Cited by the journal Jazz Times as "consistently world class."
  • Monthly distribution of 6,000 issues; 5,500 distributed free of charge
  • Subscription base of 500, including members and organizations nationwide
  • Previews, profiles and reviews of Northwest jazz artists by area writers
  • The region's only comprehensive calendar of local and regional jazz events
  • Available online since October 2001
abhands Education Programs
  • More than 40,000 elementary students served in Earshot's "Roots of Jazz" concerts
  • Annual scholarship program since 1988 for inner-city high school students to attend the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop at Centrum Port Townsend
  • Workshops in area schools by touring artists such as the Harpers, Sumi Tonooka, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Lee Konitz, Kamau Daáood, Sam Rivers and more.
  • Residencies in area jazz programs by national artists such as Carla Bley & Jane Ira Bloom
Paul Harding and Paul Rucker at the 2008 Golden Ear Awards ceremony. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Special Projects

  • Annual Golden Ear and Hall of Fame Awards to honor area jazz artists
  • Commissions of new works by recognized artists such as Steve Lacy and Wayne Horvitz
  • Benefit fund raising concerts for school and community jazz programs
  • Leadership roles in national and regional jazz touring consortia
  • Jazz advocacy programs


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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