Our Staff

John Gilbreath

John Gilbreath

Executive Director

Since 1991 John Gilbreath has successfully produced more than 2,300 concerts and public programs, including the well-respected Earshot Jazz Festivals, Seattle’s major annual jazz festival. Under his administration, the organization has greatly expanded its budget, programs, and audiences, while gaining international stature. He broadcasts six days a week on KBCS and KEXP radio, curates a jazz collection for a regional library, and programs other festivals and events in the region.

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Karen Caropepe

Karen Caropepe

Managing Director

Ms. Caropepe was promoted to Managing Director in 2010. Her responsibilities include grants administration, bookkeeping, fundraising, memberships, box office, ticketing, marketing, PR, event planning, and production support. She graduated with a BA from Texas A&M University. She is on the founding board of Jazz Night School.

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Lydia Isayas

Lydia Isayas

Program Manager

Lydia joined Earshot Jazz in May of 2017. She is responsible for Earshot Jazz magazine layout, managing the website, magazine distribution, social media management, desktop publishing, ad sales, volunteer/intern management, and other various administrative tasks. She graduated from The University of North Texas in 2014 with a BBA in Marketing.

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Our Board of Directors

Sue Coliton

Sue Coliton

President

Viren Kamdar

Viren Kamdar

Treasurer

John W. Comerford

John W. Comerford

Danielle Leigh

Danielle Leigh

Vice President

Ruby Love

Ruby Love

President

Chris Icasiano

Chris Icasiano

Sally Nichols

Sally Nichols

Secretary

Diane Wah

Diane Wah

Karen Caropepe, the amazing Lola Pedrini, and John Gilbreath at the 2014 Golden Ear Awards. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Emeritus Board Members

Clarence Acox

Hideo Makihara

Kenneth W. Masters

Lola Pedrini

Paul Toliver

Cuong Vu