The Golden Ear Awards 2014

Award recipients (bottom row) Greta Matassa, Ivan Arteaga, Chris Icasiano, Neil Welch, (middle row) Nick Rogstad, Levi Gillis, Carmen Rothwell, (top row) Laurie de Koch, Brennan Carter, Evan Smith, Jacob Zimmerman, Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Amy Denio. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame

Amy Denio
Greta Matassa

NW Recording of the Year

Chemical Clock, Bad Habitat

NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Sequoia Ensemble

Alternative Jazz Group of the Year

Industrial Revelation

NW Concert of the Year

Table & Chairs Showcase, Ballard Jazz Walk, April 18

NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Evan Flory-Barnes, bassist

Emerging Artist of the Year

Carmen Rothwell

NW Vocalist of the Year

Greta Matassa

Special Award

Seattle JazzED
In recognition of their significant contributions to jazz education in Seattle

Past Winners

2019201820172016 2015 20142013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009 • Hall of Fame

The 2014 Golden Ear Awards, celebrating the contributions and achievements in Seattle jazz, were presented at The Royal Room on March 16. The Kareem Kandi Trio –Kareem Kandi on tenor sax, Delvon Lamarr on B3 organ, and Julian MacDonough on drums – 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 5,000 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 participation in recognizing and celebrating all of the incredible talent in the Northwest.

Bassist Carmen Rothwell accepts the award for Emerging Artist of the Year. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

The Kareem Kandi Trio kicks off the night at The Royal Room. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Industrial Revelation’s Evan Flory-Barnes, Aham Oluo, and Josh Rawlings accept the award for Alternative Jazz Group of the Year. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Table & Chairs’ Neil Welch, Jacob Zimmerman, Chris Icasiano, and Ivan Arteaga accept the award for NW Concert of the Year for the Table & Chairs Showcase at the Ballard Jazz Walk. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Seattle JazzED’s executive director Laurie de Koch accepts a Special Award from Earshot’s John Gilbreath. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

NW Vocalist of the Year Greta Matassa was also inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame by longtime jazz advocate Lola Pedrini. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Multi-instrumentalist and “Seattle’s Jazz Ambassador” Amy Denio is inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Seattle jazz advocate Lola Pedrini stands with Earshot Jazz Managing Director Karen Caropepe and Executive Director John Gilbreath. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.


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.

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