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Earshot Jazz Magazine Archives at Seattle Public Library

A living history of one of the most vibrant jazz hubs in America.

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About this collection

First published in December 1984 by Earshot Jazz founders Paul De Barros, Gary Bannister, and Allen Youngblood, the Earshot Jazz magazine has documented decades of this vibrant jazz scene. Since its inception, more than two million copies of the monthly Earshot Jazz magazine have been distributed free of charge around the Seattle region. 

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Nearly 40 years of Seattle jazz history at your fingertips

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Search by date, name, instrument, or topic

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New magazine issue added each month

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A fascinating plunge, no matter where you dive in

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge all those who worked on and continue to work on the Earshot Jazz Magazine Archive Project. The digital archive preserves Seattle’s jazz history and provides a valuable resource for researchers and the curious.

Foremost, we would like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their support. Their Jazz Ecosystem program, which supports activities that broaden public access to jazz, provided the necessary funds to ensure the success of this project.

We would like to thank The Seattle Public Library‘s Special Collections Department for all their hard work and commitment to documenting Seattle’s jazz history—in particular John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian, and Jade D’Addario, Digital Projects Librarian. We would also like to extend a special thanks to resident artist Steve Griggs for being the matchmaker between Earshot Jazz and the Special Collections Department.

Thank you to Earshot Jazz staff: Executive Director John Gilbreath for his vision to create a digital archive and efforts to secure the funding; Managing Director Karen Caropepe for helping to secure funding and for her project guidance; and Development and Marketing Associate Lucienne Aggarwal for managing the archive project, the project interns, and keeping the whole thing moving forward! Last, but not least, this undertaking could not have been completed without our two interns Samia Faour (Bachelor of Arts – Journalism, minor – Music Studies) and Sarrah Trapp (Master of Library and Information Science) who created the descriptions and index terms for each magazine. A special thanks goes to Sarrah for her ongoing support and past contributions regarding indexing, library information systems, scanning, and metadata. 

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