Letter from the Director

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Letter from the Director

Playing the Changes

Even here in Seattle, where the seasonal changes are subtle and slow-rolling, it’s tough not to get excited about the coming of summer and the possibility of some consistent sunshine.

Here at Earshot Jazz, we’re marking the launch of possible summer with concerts that celebrate the diversity of this expansive art form, news of the exciting jazz community re-emerging in the Tacoma region, and the introduction of some structural organizational adjustments that shape our approach for the coming years.

Check the following pages for information on upcoming Earshot concerts that showcase, as we frequently do, exciting international approaches to the music, with the Japanese genius Otomo Yoshihide on May 3, and special projects by brilliant Seattle masters, including Michael Brockman in an all-too-seldom-heard small ensemble performance at SAM on May 12, and Marc Seales in an all-too-seldom-heard creative collaboration with his brother, Jesse, at the Royal Room on May 28. As always, we’ll survey the fertile Seattle jazz scene with news, views, and a comprehensive calendar of events.

Organizationally, the Earshot Jazz board of directors has recently approved a three-year plan, and adopted new and updated statements of Vision, Mission, and Values. It is our pleasure to share those with you now:

Vision: Jazz is widely embraced and highly valued as America’s great gift to world culture.

Mission: Earshot Jazz cultivates a vibrant jazz community by engaging audiences, celebrating artists, and supporting arts education to ensure the legacy and progression of the art form.

Values:
Respects Artists. Amplify opportunities, promote live performance, and pay fair compensation.
Prioritizes Accessibility. Present events throughout the city with affordable and free programming.
Pursues Collaboration. Work creatively with local, national, and international partners.
Champions Education. Fuel the jazz continuum by supporting all aspects of jazz education.
Honors Diversity. Celebrate the African-American roots and global expression of the art form.
Nurtures Creativity. Emphasize dynamic original work and the joy of the inventive spirit.

We welcome your input, participation, and, of course, your financial support, as we continue to serve one of the most vibrant jazz communities in America.

Thank you!

– John Gilbreath, Executive Director