The 2021 Golden Ear Awards

D'Vonne Lewis playing the drums in profile

D’Vonne Lewis photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn.


Monday, March 14, 7pm
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S

Since 1990, Earshot has brought the Seattle jazz community together annually for the Golden Ear Awards. This event acknowledges the inspirational talent and contributions of local musicians throughout the past year. The tradition continues on March 14 at the Royal Room in Columbia City. After two long years of canceled shows and virtual concerts, these awards will be a reminder of the value of live music, the artists who create it, and acknowledging and celebrating the resilience of our community. 

The evening begins at 7pm with a performance by D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition. Lewis, a well-known and respected drummer and two-time Golden Ear Award winner, will be joined by musicians Eric Verlinde on piano, Cliff Colón on sax, Andy Coe on guitar, Farko Dosumov on bass, and Jacques Willis on vibes. Following their performance, will be the the awards emceed by saxophonist Alex Dugdale. Dugdale has become a favorite in the Seattle jazz community and was himself named NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2021 Golden Ear Awards. The evening will conclude with the regular Monday night jam session led by seven-time Golden Ear Award winner Thomas Marriott. As always, the jam session will be open to musicians of all levels and go late!

Votes can be cast through March 5 by Google form at earshot.org, emailing vote@earshot.org, or by mailing in the ballot found on the previous page. Awards will be presented in the following categories: NW Recording of the Year, NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year, Alternative Jazz Group of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, NW Vocalist of the Year, NW Concert of the Year, and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. Formal attire is encouraged, but not required. It is a party after all! While in-person ticketing can be purchased online at earshot.org, we highly encourage folks to make reservations for dinner and seating by emailing reservations@royalroomseattle.com. Proof of COVID vaccination with ID will be required at the door, no negative PCR tests will be permitted for entry. 

This celebration is a chance for local jazz fans and performers to show appreciation for the vibrant music scene in Seattle. See you there! Concert tickets available here.


Posted on

March 2, 2022