Community Conversations

Lady A smiling.

Anita “Lady A” White photo courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, October 17, 2pm
Impact of the Coronavirus on
Black Jazz & Blues Musicians

Sponsored by Seed IP
Free, details at earshot.org

This panel discussion—moderated by Tony Benton, founder and station manager of Rainier Avenue Radio— will take a look at how the coronavi­rus specifically impacted Black musi­cians. Systemic racism was already a constant. The coronavirus and the additional focus on race related issues exacerbated the challenges and ob­stacles faced by Black musicians in the entertainment industry and in life in general. This panel discussion will take a look at these issues through the eyes of Wadie Ervin, Eugenie Jones, Anita “Lady A” White, Delvon Lamarr, and Michael Powers.

Saturday, October 24, 2pm
Seattle JazzED
Anti-Racist Study Group

Free, details at earshot.org

On the date of their final class, youth facilitators Jahnvi Madan and Alexis Kim, along with Education Direc­tor Kelly Clingan, discuss the first ever Seattle JazzED Anti-racist Study Group. If you want to deepen your un­derstanding of racism in America and how it developed over time; if you’re pretty sure your high-school history class only presented one side of the sto­ry; if you want to be a more informed community member, parent, friend, ally then sign up now to read Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. For more info or to participate, visit seattlejazzed.org/studygroup

Saturday, October 31, 2pm
The Toll of Online Jazz Education: Equity, Practical Challenges,
and Teacher Burnout in a Digital Age

Sponsored by Brad Pearce, Built in Georgetown
Free, details at earshot.org

As almost everything moves online, jazz educators (many of whom are also performers) are tasked with taking in­struction into the virtual world. This panel—moderated by saxophonist and educator Kate Olson—will dis­cuss the experiences of multiple edu­cators—including Leanna Keith and Dmitri Matheny—as they navigate issues surrounding equitable access to education, workarounds for not being able to play together, and how the de­mands of teaching music online have changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, November 7, 2pm
The Beth and Kelly Show

Free, details at earshot.org

Dubbed “the Beth and Kelly Show” by colleagues, we’re teaching soulmates who love to talk shop and laugh along the way. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have a ton of experience and are willing to ask questions and make mistakes. Subversive in approach, we explore solutions and highlight allies as we continue to move our practice forward. Join us in this Special Edi­tion for Earshot Jazz as we discuss jazz FOR ALL of our music students.


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September 28, 2020