The 2020 Golden Ear Awards
Inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame
NW Recording of the Year
Duende Libre, The Dance She Spoke
NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Sundae + Mr. Goessl
Alternative Jazz Group of the Year
NW Concert of the Year
Ahamefule J. Oluo: Music from Susan, streamed at the Earshot Jazz Festival (10/18/2020)
NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Emerging Artist of the Year
NW Vocalist of the Year
Community in Action Awards
In recognition of their dedication to the enrichment of the Seattle jazz community
Josh Hou and Max Holmberg for Jazztalk Seattle
Gordon Brown for LoudSwell.com (formerly LiveConcertsStream.com)
Marina Albero for the Quarantine Sessions
The 2020 Golden Ear Awards, celebrating the contributions and achievements in Seattle jazz, were presented at The Royal Room on March 12, 2021. Alex Dugdale’s FADE Quartet opened the evening (Dugdale on saxophone, John Hansen on piano, Greg Feingold on bass, and Max Holmberg on drums), and the awards were presented via prerecorded video during intermission. Special thanks to emcees Abe Beeson and Eugenie Jones, video editor Josh Manley for the awards ceremony video.
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.
We congratulate all the nominees in this annual look at the region’s vibrant jazz ecology, and thank you, Golden Ear voters, for your participation in recognizing and celebrating all of the incredible talent in the Northwest.
About the Golden Ear Awards
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.