Each year, the Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. With the pandemic, the continued fight for racial justice, and threats to American democracy, 2020 has been a difficult and very different year. We acknowledge the heavy toll that shuttered venues and restrictions on live performances have taken on our community. Many artists have struggled to perform and create under these challenging circumstances, and we thank all the artists for everything they’ve contributed to the Seattle jazz community this past year. Furthermore, we want to thank everyone who sent in nominations this year.
Now, we look forward to hearing from you. Vote online at earshot.org below, by email to email@example.com, or mail your selections to Earshot Jazz, 3417 Fremont Ave N, #221, Seattle, WA 98103. Ballots are due March 1.
The ballot listed here on this page is for reference, to vote by Google form click on the Vote Now button below.
2020 Golden Ear Awards Ballot
NW Recording of the Year
Sundae + Mr. Goessl, Fun & Fancy
Duende Libre, The Dance She Spoke
Ray Larsen, Songs to Fill the Air
Thomas Marriott, Trumpet Ship
Ryan Burns, Postponed Parade
NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Jacob Zimmerman Trio
Thomas Marriott Quintet
Sundae + Mr. Goessl
Bill Anschell Trio
Emerging Artist of the Year
Alternative Jazz Group of the Year
Bad News Botanists
NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
NW Vocalist of the Year
NW Concert of the Year (live or livestream)
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, “Tribute to Billie Holiday” at Benaroya Hall (02/01/2020)
Ahamefule J. Oluo: Music from Susan, streamed at the Earshot Jazz Festival (10/18/2020)
Marc Seales Quintet at Jazz Alley (02/24/2020)
Cuong Vu and Ted Poor at Cry & Roar X, Café Racer (01/24/2020)
Bad Luck fundraiser for Wa Na Wari streamed via Live Concerts Stream (08/25/2020)
Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame
Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees
William O. (Bill) Smith
Paul de Barros
Jovino Santos Neto
Helen and David Marriott Sr.