November 2019

Volume 35, No. 11

Executive Director

John Gilbreath

Managing Director

Karen Caropepe

Programs Manager

Tara Peters

Development Manager

Errin Patton

Marketing & Development Associate

Lucienne Aggarwal


Lucienne Aggarwal
Tara Peters

Contributing Writers

Whitney Bashaw
Marianne Gonterman
Ian Gwin
Bryan Lineberry
Peter Monaghan
Caitlin Peterkin
Paul Rauch

Calendar Editors

Jane Emerson
Carol Levin
Tara Peters


Daniel Sheehan


Tara Peters


Karen Caropepe
Dan Dubie
Earshot Jazz volunteers

Send Calendar Information to:

Add a gig to the calendar online or send us an email.

Board of Directors

Danielle Leigh (President)
Chris Icasiano (Vice President)
Sheila Hughes (Treasurer)
Chris Nutter (Secretary)
John W. Comerford
Maurice James
Kenneth W. Masters
Gail Pettis
Ruby Smith Love
Diane Wah

Emeritus Board Members

Clarence Acox
Taina Honkalehto
Hideo Makihara
Kenneth W. Masters
Peter Monaghan
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.

Subscription (with membership): $35
3417 Fremont Ave #221
Seattle, WA 98103
phone / (206) 547-6763

Earshot Jazz ISSN 1077-0984
Printed by Pacific Publishing Company
© 2019 Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle

Letter from the Director


Coming down the home stretch of this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, as we are at the time of this writing, we are excited by the incredible vibrancy in today’s jazz and humbled by the depth of this community’s support for it.

Thanks to you, jazz is definitely alive and thriving; as much here in Seattle as it is around the world. This year’s festival will have included more than 50 separate events on stages around the city, with each night as rewarding as it was distinctive.

As most of you know, whether you attended a few concerts or many, the level of surprise and satisfaction was high throughout the series. This festival was successful on many levels, but taken as a whole, the creative juice we’ve seen at work in the art form right now is absolutely stunning. It is your support which makes this festival possible.

We are pleased to feature programs this year supporting Seattle jazz education programs at Washington Middle School, and Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools, as well as Stuart MacDonald’s post-grad, Trace Generations project.

Affirming the value of those programs, this year’s festival has welcomed returning heroes like Carmen Staaf, The Westerlies, Briggan Krauss, Aaron Parks, and Kassa Overall back from New York; and featured mainstage performances by distinguished Seattle alum including D’Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes, Natalie Barry, Thomas Marriott, and many others.

It has been a treat to welcome back internationally respected creative masters like Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Bennie Maupin, Marilyn Crispell, Chucho Valdés, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Egberto Gismonti; to showcase emerging stars like Bria Skonberg, Tyshawn Sorey, Cécile McLorin Salvant(!), Joel Ross, Kris Davis, Sasha Berliner, and so many others; and to celebrate local heroes like Jay Thomas, Gary Hammon, Wally Shoup, Clarence Acox, and Wayne Horvitz.

And what a treat to host saxophonist Darius Jones, whose 4-day residency ranged from free-improvised mastery, to modern classical composition, and on to a night of avant hip-hop.

Thank you all so very much. And thanks to Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and Vashon Arts Center for extending the reach of this year’s festival. And to Daniel Sheehan, whose brilliant photo documentation of Seattle Jazz was on view at BIMA, and can be seen online at Thanks to Earshot staff; Tara, Lucienne, Errin, Halynn, and, most of all our esteemed managing director Karen Caropepe; and thanks to the many volunteers, funders, venues, community partners, media outlets, and concert goers who make this festival possible.
You did this! Thank you!

John Gilbreath, Executive Director


Want the Earshot Jazz magazine delivered to your door each month?