Elnah Jordan photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Earshot Jazz Calls for Golden Ear Awards Nominations, Magazine Submissions, and Festival Commissions

The 2022 Golden Ear Awards are just around the corner. Designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year, please nominate your favorites! See the form on this page for award categories. Nominations accepted through January 16, 2023

Are you releasing new music in 2023? An exciting gig coming up? Is there a person, venue, or wonderful story in the community you wish to see lifted up in the magazine? We want to hear about it! Please use the Google form at bit.ly/3URWhVp to send it in. For questions, please email editor@earshot.org.

And finally, a reminder that the application process for festival commissions is open until January 31, 2023. Three composers will be selected to premiere an original piece at the 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival and will receive a $3,000 commissioning fee. Applications are open to artists residing in the Puget Sound region. More details at earshot.org/commissions

Career Opportunities

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is looking to hire a Marketing & Sponsorship Intern. The intern will work closely with and under the direction of the executive director, maintaining SRJO’s social media presence, quarterly newsletter, and support the organization’s other copy and graphic needs. The position is remote, part-time, and is compensated at $20 per hour. Full description and application instructions at srjo.org/staff.

The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) is hiring for an Executive Director. The executive director works with the music director as co-leaders of the organization, ensuring artistic, educational, organizational, and financial success. The salary range for this position is $115,000 to $130,000 DOE. Founded in 1942, SYSO is one of the largest and most highly regarded youth orchestra training programs in North America. They are looking to fill this position in early 2023, so it is open until filled. Apply now at syso.org/work-with-us.

In Memoriam

Over the last couple months, a few more musical souls have passed on. 

Janet Thurlow, a singer who worked on Seattle’s Jackson Street during its post-World War II jazz heyday, died on October 4 at the age of 96 of congestive heart failure. Joni Metcalf a pianist, singer, composer, and teacher at Cornish College, passed in late November at the age of 91. Her and her husband, bassist Chuck Metcalf used to host weekly jam sessions at their home in Madrona. Joe Baque, the Olympia pianist, passed on November 6. He lived to be more than 100-years-old, doing what he loved. “I am a most fortunate person. I have followed my passion all of my life.”

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Welcomes New Executive Director

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) welcomes Joanne Conger, as the new executive director of the organization. In July 2022, SRJO announced that co-founder Michael Brockman would transition from the combined role of executive director and co-artistic director to the sole artistic director, leaving the position of executive director open. Conger joins the team with 20 years of experience in non-profits and building them from the ground up. 

Snowglobe Winter Music Series

The Snowglobe Winter Music Series returns to The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art this December. On December 4, the Franceso Crosara Trio performs in the Frank Buxton Auditorium. Italian jazz pianist Crosara is accompanied by Clipper Anderson on bass, Mark Ivester on drums, and special guest Gail Pettis on vocals. On December 17, the fan-favorite duo of Elnah Jordan and Eric Verlinde present People Get Ready: Elnah Jordan & Eric Verlinde in Concert. Music starts at 7pm. Tickets at biartmuseum.org/events/snowglobe-winter-music-series.


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November 30, 2022