June 2024

Volume 40, No. 6

Executive Director

John Gilbreath

Managing Director

Karen Caropepe

 Patron Services Manager

Lucienne Grace

Communications and Marketing Manager

Maddy Horn

Program Editor

Rayna Mathis

Program Copy Editor

Sarrah Trapp

Contributing Writers/Artists

Paul de Barros
Stephen Reed Griggs
Devon Léger
Eric Olson
Paul Rauch

Calendar Editors

Carol Levin


Daniel Sheehan


Karen Caropepe


Karen Caropepe
Dan Dubie
Earshot Jazz volunteers

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Board of Directors

Maurice James(President)
Jazmyn Scott (Vice President)
Kelly Clingan
Neil Halpern
Christopher Icasiano
Ruby Smith Love

Emeritus Board Members

Clarence Acox
Sue Coliton
Taina Honkalehto
Hideo Makihara
Kenneth W. Masters
Peter Monaghan
Lola Pedrini
Richard Thurston
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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Letter From The Director

Volume 40, No. 06

The numbers on the cover tell the tale. This issue of Earshot Jazz takes us halfway through our 40th year of publication. That would mean at least two million individual copies, distributed free of charge in area coffee shops, bookstores, music venues, and news boxes around the city since December of 1984, showing up month after month as “A Mirror and Focus” in support of Seattle’s incredible jazz community. In addition to the time-sensitive content of performance listings, community news, and artist profiles, the collective body of Earshot magazines, now digitally archived in their entirety at earshot.org, serves as a living historical document of one of America’s most vibrant jazz scenes. 

And speaking of documenting Seattle’s jazz history, we’re happy and proud to feature Earshot Jazz founder Paul de Barros and writer Alexa Peters on this month’s cover. As the spark behind the Earshot Jazz idea, and the author of the 1993 book, Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle, de Barros stands as the city’s foremost scholar on Seattle jazz history. Appropriately, he and Peters, whose journalism has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The Seattle Times, among others, are at work on a new book that will pick up the story where Jackson Street After Hours leaves off, taking a deep dive into the recent 50 years of Seattle jazz connections. We can’t wait to see it!

History is being written each day, and the community we’re creating is the inheritance of today’s students. The importance of dedicated arts and humanities education to Seattle’s — and humankind’s — overall good cannot be overstated. Accordingly, we congratulate all the young jazz artists from Garfield, Roosevelt, and Bothell High Schools for representing the Seattle area so well at the recent Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

We are proud of the remarkable, 40-year legacy of  Earshot Jazz magazine. We’re enormously grateful to all of the writers, photographers, editors, researchers and distributors who make this magazine relevant and reliable time after time. And because, as you might easily imagine, a labor of love like the Earshot magazine is far from financially self-supporting, we’re super grateful to all of the individual donors and subscribers who keep the presses rolling over the years. Thank you all!! 

We’re picking up passengers for the next 40 years! Get on board. Join us! Please make a donation today at earshot.org. Thank you!


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