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2013 Golden Ear Award Recipients


Award recipients (bottom row) Christian Pincock, Kate Olson, Chris Icasiano, Willem de Koch, Josh Rawlings, (top row) Wayne Horvitz, D'Vonne Lewis, Eugenie Jones, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Stephanie Porter, Jacob Zimmerman,and Evan Flory-Barnes after the award ceremony. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame
Bill Frissell
Bert Wilson

NW Recording of the Year
Eugenie Jones, Black Lace Blue Tears

NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

Alternative Jazz Group of the Year
The Westerlies

NW Concert of the Year
"Nonaah" by Roscoe Mitchell, Nordstrom Recital Hall, June 7

NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
D'Vonne Lewis, drummer

Emerging Artist of the Year
Jacob Zimmerman

NW Vocalist of the Year
Stephanie Porter

Special Award
Daniel Sheehan
In recognition of his tremendous contributions in documenting the Seattle jazz scene

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.

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Industrial Revelation kicks off the night at The Royal Room. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

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Vocalist Eugenie Jones accepts the award for Recording of the Year for her album Black Lace Blue Tears. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

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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.

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Saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman accepts the award for Emerging Artist of the Year. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

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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.

 

 


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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