Each year, the Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. In the process, Seattle jazz fans and performers can take stock of and show gratitude for the region’s vibrant jazz ecology. Nominees this year were selected by a poll of artists, audience members, journalists, and industry professionals. Show your support for the resilience of our community by voting online at earshot.org, emailing vote@earshot.org, or mailing your selections to Earshot Jazz, 3417 Fremont Ave N, #221, Seattle, WA 98103. Ballots are due February 29. And join us on March 12 at The Royal Room for the Golden Ear Awards Party, featuring Jun Iida and hosted by Alex Dugdale. Tickets on sale now at earshot.org!

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2023 Golden Ear Awards Ballot

NW Recording of the Year

Bill Anschell, Improbable Solutions

Kassa Overall, ANIMALS

Tom Baker Quartet, Begin Again

John Bishop, Antwerp

Velocity, Quantum Christmas


NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Jun Iida Quartet

Kareem Kandi World Orchestra

Beserat Tafesse Quartert

KO Ensemble

Marina Christopher Trio


NW Alternative Jazz Group of the Year

Jazz Overhaul


Alex Dugdale Funk Band

Electric Circus



NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Cliff Colón

Chris Symer

Kelsey Mines

D’Vonne Lewis

Kate Olson


NW Emerging Artist of the Year

Jun Iida

Carter Eng

Freddy “Fuego” Gonzalez

Jahnvi Madan

Leanna Keith


NW Vocalist of the Year

Eugenie Jones

Ben Black

Darelle Holden

Johnaye Kendrick

Adriana Giordano


NW Concert of the Year

Celebrating Mary Lou Williams, An Evening of Live Performance & Film, October 25, Langston

Jackson Cotugno, March 29, Vermillion

Benefit for Julian Priester with guest emcee Christian McBride, September 25, Jazz Alley 

Skerik, February 22, Vermillion

Kassa Overall, October 26, Langston 


Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame

Thomas Marriott

Eugenie Jones

John Hansen

Gregg Keplinger

Marc Smason