January 2018

Volume 34, No. 01

Executive Director

John Gilbreath

Managing Director

Karen Caropepe


Caitlin Peterkin

Contributing Writers

Steve Griggs
Ian Gwin
Jean Mishler
Paul Rauch

Calendar Editors

Jane Emerson
Caitlin Peterkin


Daniel Sheehan


Karen Caropepe


Karen Caropepe
Earshot Jazz volunteers

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Board of Directors

Danielle Leigh (President)
John W. Comerford (Vice President)
Sue Coliton (Secretary)
Viren Kamdar (Treasurer)
Sheila Hughes
Chris Icasiano
Ruby Smith Love
Jon Perrino
Diane Wah

Emeritus Board Members

Clarence Acox
Hideo Makihara
Kenneth W. Masters
Lola Pedrini
Paul Toliver
Cuong Vu

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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Earshot Jazz ISSN 1077-0984
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© 2018 Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle

Letter from the Director



Happy New Year, from all of us at Earshot Jazz!

The cool thing about marking the New Year holiday is that it gives us the sensibility and permission to start, anything or everything. On the remix of Freedom Jazz Dance, Miles Davis can be heard telling someone, “Just put it on the ONE!” And here it is.

With most of us going through our days (our years, our lives) with our noses down, and our heads full of worry and work, the “New Year” holiday can present us with a much needed, even if mainly symbolic, clean slate. The ways of the world will certainly remain as they are, but we have an opportunity here “on the one” to back up, rethink our approach, reapply our resources, and go into our time as if it were a beginning.

We have a lot to be thankful for here in the Seattle jazz community, and lot of new work in front of us. Kicking off our 34th year of publication, this issue of Earshot Jazz captures the ongoing momentum of Seattle jazz with a recommendation to experience Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith at MOHAI, a profile of one of Seattle’s most prolific “under the radar” artists, and listings of recurring jazz performances and presentations around the Puget Sound region.

This New Year will bring exciting new opportunities to the Earshot Jazz organization, which we’ll put into motion for the entire community. Among our resolutions for 2018 are: to increase performance opportunities for Seattle artists, convene information and planning discussions from the community, designate a program committee of Seattle artist, examine options for the annual Golden Ear Awards, digitize the entire library of Earshot Jazz publications for public access, increase residency and community engagement by visiting artists, support and enhance jazz education in the community, and much more. Miles to go before we sleep.

In order to see that bigger picture through fresh new eyes, we very much welcome your input and ideas. We invite you to reimagine the landscape and join our work to “cultivate a vibrant jazz community” for this great city.

Happy New Year!

–John Gilbreath, Executive Director

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