Photo of Industrial Revelation: Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes, Ahamefule J. Oluo, D'Vonne Lewis. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Royal Room, 7pm
7pm: Performance by Industrial Revelation
8pm: Awards Ceremony
9pm: More music
Come Join us!
Admission $10. Advance tickets available at Stranger Tickets.
Admit it! Nothing warms the heart quite like recognizing and honoring members of one’s communities who contribute hugely and deserve acclaim and encouragement. And that’s what happens every year at the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards evening, this year celebrating its 25th installment.
If you’re reading this before March 3, you can still submit your ballot (online at earshot.org) and let your favorite contributors to Seattle’s thriving jazz scene know just how appreciated they are.
The purpose of the awards is simple. And the way they are decided is, too: they are determined by a combination of nominations and popular vote. The ballot has nominations in eight categories, and you can always write in and vote for anyone you think merits being there.
At the Golden Ear awards evening, proceedings begin at 7pm with a set of fine local jazz, to warm the space. This year that’ll be on Monday, March 10 at the Royal Room in Columbia City, certainly one of the city’s best listening spaces, and a fun hang with fine food and a full bar, too.
Performing on the evening, both from 7pm until the awards ceremony at 8pm, and then after the awards are presented, too, will be certainly one of the region’s finest, hottest jazz combos, Industrial Revelation – hard working, and certainly eye-and-ear opening. The quartet bears witness to the thriving of Seattle jazz, and also to its continuing prospects. Four of the finest of the generation earn their self-chosen motto of “garage-jazz” — drummer D’Vonne Lewis, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo, and pianist and Fender Rhodes ace Josh Rawlings.
The awards ceremony, proper, emcee’d by the always affable jazz-radio host, field recorder, and area jazz luminary Jim Wilke, softens the most rubbery heart as it provides an opportunity to take stock of just how enormously some figures on Seattle’s jazz landscape have contributed to our scene. To be among nominees is itself an acknowledgement of a year of fine performance and recording in and around Seattle. Nominees are selected by a poll of readers of this publication, fellow jazz performers, audience members, journalists, and industry professionals.
The highest honor each year goes to one, two, or possibly three inductees to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. This year’s nominees are the late, great Olympia-based saxophonist Bert Wilson, world-renowned guitar master Bill Frisell, vocalist of long and wide renown Jay Clayton, and Bob Hammer, a pianist, composer, and arranger of international renown and vast experience.
Please vote by March 3, one ballot per person, online at www.earshot.org, email to email@example.com, or mailing it to the Earshot Jazz office at 3429 Fremont Place N, #309, Seattle WA, 98103. Admission $10; tickets available through The Royal Room.
PDF version of the ballot.