-Earshot Jazz Festival-
New Season, New Face.
Meet Roosevelt High’s New Band Director, Hannah Mowry
-Catching Up With-
Wild Island: Oliver Groenewald Brings Jazz to Orcas Island
-Meet The Board-
Rich Pellegrin, Passage: Solo Improvistaions II
Ben Thomas, Tango Project, Eternal Aporia
Volume 38, No. 8
Marketing & Development Associate
Communications and Marketing Associate
Earshot Jazz Copy Editor
Paul de Barros
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Jazmyn Scott (Vice President)
Augusto Cardoso (Secretary)
Ruby Smith Love
Emeritus Board Members
Kenneth W. Masters
Founded in 1984 by Paul de Barros, Gary Bannister, and Allen Youngblood.
Earshot Jazz is published monthly by Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle.
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Letter From The Director
Every Scene Needs a ‘Zine
On a recent New York Times podcast about jazz venues, three of the top jazz writers—Nate Chinen, Giovanni Russonello, and Jon Caramanica—affirmed the importance of broader media infrastructure in any city to effectively develop audiences and artists for jazz. They ended that discussion by hitting on this statement, “Every scene needs a ‘zine.” We, of course, agree.
The Earshot Jazz organization began as a single sheet publication, simply called Earshot, late in 1984. Originally conceived by the founding forces of Paul (and Judy) de Barros, Gary Bannister, and Allen Youngblood to formalize a support system for Seattle’s already remarkable jazz scene, the Earshot organization has grown symbiotically with this multi-faceted jazz community into a productive, respected, and far-reaching phenomenon.
One of the things we love about jazz is its dynamic and ever-evolving nature. For more than 38 years, with the masthead motto of “A Mirror and Focus for the Jazz Community,” this magazine has documented and promoted jazz artists, events, educators, and facilitators in the Seattle region. Especially when viewed in the arc of that history, the face and sound of Seattle jazz has clearly evolved, and, with your help, Earshot Jazz will continue to evolve and grow alongside it.
In the late spring of 2020, when we were all in the “WTF?” phase of the pandemic, we were imagining our own doomsday scenarios, just like the rest of the world. The Earshot team convened meetings to affirm our most important core programs and to find ways to double down on that core. This magazine, with its clear intention as a mirror and focus for our common circumstances, reaffirmed itself as primary to our mission. And so it remains, thanks, again, to your support.
We’re so grateful to our Editor, Rayna Mathis, and all of the writers whose work both documents and contributes to this great community. Also, we’re delighted to welcome our new Communications & Marketing Associate, Madison (Maddy) Horn, to the Earshot team this month. We’ll hear more from her soon.
We thank you again and again for your support over the years. We’re getting excited to share an incredible schedule of concerts and events in this year’s upcoming festival. People, get ready!
–JOHN GILBREATH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR