Our Programs

Presentation of Creative Music

Earshot Jazz presents or co-presents nearly 100 concerts each year.

Earshot Jazz Festival

“Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” — DownBeat

“One of the best jazz festivals in America” — Seattle Times

More than 250 artists presented in a month of concerts, education programs, and related events each fall in Seattle

Special Concerts

Special concerts by national and international touring musicians and collaborations with other arts presenters such as Nonsequitur and Cornish College of the Art

Art of Jazz

A free, monthly series presented in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum

Jazz: The Second Century

An annual juried series presenting new, original work by resident artists in a concert setting

The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington Concert

A holiday tradition, co-presented with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, featuring big band, gospel choir and soloists, and tap dancer, using musical scores acquired by Earshot Jazz

Earshot Jazz Magazine

  • A monthly news magazine celebrating more than 30 years of publication
  • Cited by JazzTimes as “consistently world class”
  • Monthly distribution of 6,000 issues; 5,500 distributed free of charge
  • Subscription base of 500, including members and organizations nationwide
  • Previews, profiles, and reviews of Northwest jazz artists and events by area writers
  • The region’s only comprehensive calendar of local and regional jazz events

Education Programs

Earshot Jazz encourages creative growth and jazz appreciation for students of all ages – musicians and non-musicians alike – by fostering a deeper connection to jazz’s rich cultural history and nurturing its ability to reflect on and respond to life today. It is these endless possibilities for personal expression and interpretation that enrich our lives and communities.

Visit our Education page to learn more about Earshot’s programs, upcoming educational events, and a list of jazz education resources

Leadership in the Jazz Community

  • Presentation of annual Golden Ear and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Awards to honor area artists
  • Commissions of new works by recognized artists, including Steve Griggs, Paul Rucker & Wayne Horvitz
  • Benefit fundraising concerts for school and community jazz programs
  • Leadership roles in national and regional jazz touring consortia
  • Produce jazz advocacy programs