2021 Golden Ear Awards Ballot


Each year, the Golden Ear Awards recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. We acknowledge that the last two years have taken a devastating toll on our community; many artists have struggled to perform and create under these challenging circumstances and venues have struggled to re-open. Show your support for the resilience of our community by voting via our Google form, emailing vote@earshot.org, or mailing your selections to Earshot Jazz, 3417 Fremont Ave N, #221, Seattle, WA 98103. Ballots are due March 5. And join us on March 14 at the Royal Room for the Golden Ear Awards Party. Concert details here.

NW Recording of the Year

Jim Knapp Orchestra It’s Not Business, It’s Personal

Meridian Odyssey Second Wave

Alex Dugdale The Dugout

Ann Reynolds Inspired by Women Composers

Ronan Delilse Write To Me A Coda


NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Meridian Odyssey

The Jim Knapp Orchestra

Fade Quartet

Marina Albero Trio



Alternative Jazz Group of the Year

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

Ari Joshua Band

Earthtone Skytone

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

The Tiptons


Emerging Artist of the Year

Ari Joshua

Xavier Lecouturier

Leanna Keith

Dylan Hayes

Trevor Ford


NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Thomas Marriott

Abbey Blackwell

John Hansen

Marina Albero

D’Vonne Lewis


NW Vocalist of the Year

Johnaye Kendrick

Darelle Holden

Jacqueline Tabor

Greta Matassa

Reggie Goings


NW Concert of the Year

Marina Albero Trio with Ganesh Rajagopalan, Nov 5, Town Hall Seattle

Neil Welch, the ink around it release, Nov 11, Chapel Performance Space

säje, Jul 6, Jazz Alley

The Jim Knapp Orchestra, CD Release, Dec 19, Town Hall Seattle

Elnah Jordan & Eric Verlinde, Oct 15, BIMA


Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame

John Hansen

Reggie Goings

Marv Thomas

Milo Petersen

Geoff Harper


Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees

1990: Ernestine Anderson, Al Hood, Chuck Metcalf, Floyd Standifer

1991: Buddy Catlett, Don Lanphere

1992: Jabo Ward, Jim Wilke

1993: Fred Greenwell, Melody Jones

1994: Clarence Acox, Bud Young

1995: Jerome Gray

1996: Norm Bobrow, William O. (Bill) Smith

1997: Lola Pedrini, Bill Ramsay

1998: Jan Stentz, Leon Vaughn

1999: Vonne Griffin, Red Kelly

2000: Bud Shank, Chuck Stentz

2001: John Dimitriou, Julian Priester

2002: Paul de Barros

2003: Ronnie Pierce, Jay Thomas

2004: Gaye Anderson, Hadley Caliman, Robert Knatt

2005: Gary Steele, Mack Waldron, Woody Woodhouse

2006: Jim Knapp, KPLU

2007: John Bishop, Dean Hodges

2008: KBCS 91.3, Phil Sparks

2009: Marc Seales, Stuart Dempster

2010: Chuck Deardorf, Wayne Horvitz

2011: Overton Berry, Jeff Johnson, Jovino Santos Neto

2012: Scott Brown, Dave Peck

2013: Bill Frisell, Bert Wilson

2014: Amy Denio, Greta Matassa

2015: Ruby Bishop, Sonny Booker, Randy Halberstadt

2016: Bill Anschell, Jay Clayton

2017: Patty Padden, Skerik

2018: Bob Hammer, Helen and David Marriott Sr., Wally Shoup

2019: Michael Brockman, Suzanne Weghorst, Gary Bannister

2020: Robin Holcomb, Moc Escobedo, Hans Teuber


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January 31, 2022