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Earshot Jazz Awards

As part of its “Jazz in January” festivities, the Experience Music Project, a Seattle music museum/restaurant with performance spaces, hosted the Earshot Jazz organization’s 13th annual Golden Ear award ceremony on Jan. 26. In addition to the Golden Ears, which recognize the efforts of the most stone-cold rippin’, Northwest-based jazz artists, Earshot gave Seattle Hall of Fame awards to Paul deBarros and Ken Wiley, a couple of area jazzmen that, as Nat Hentoff would say, continue to fuel the jazz life force. DeBarros founded Earshot Jazz, authored Jackson Street After Hours, The History of Jazz in Seattle, educates at Seattle Pacific University and writes regularly on jazz in the Seattle Times and Down Beat. Wiley plays trombone in trad-jazz groups and hosts of The Art Of Jazz, a long-running Sunday afternoon show on KPLU-FM.

A special award was given to Scott Brown, director of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, which won the Essentially Ellington competition at NYC’s Lincoln Center in May, 2002. And the Seattle-based label Origin Records/Origin Arts was recognized for excellence in recording and promotion of Seattle jazz artists.

Golden Ear winners:

NW Jazz Recording: Julian Priester – In Deep End Dance (Conduit)

NW Acoustic Jazz Group: Julian Priester Quartet (Julian Priester, Dawn Clement, Geoff Harper, and Byron Vannoy)

NW Outside Jazz Group: Stinkhorn (Michael Monhart, Howard Ouchi, John Morris, and Brian Heaney)

NW Concert: Art Ensemble of Chicago at the 2002 Earshot Festival

NW Instrumentalist: Bill Frisell (pictured)

NW Emerging Artist/Group: Monktail Creative Music Concern

NW Vocalist: Edmonia Jarrett (who passed away in April of 2002)

Earshot Jazz is Seattle’s non-profit jazz support organization. Formed in 1984, Earshot Jazz publishes a monthly news magazine, provides education programs in jazz, and presents bunches of concerts and special events every year. For more information call Earshot Jazz at (206) 547-6763 or visit

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