Congrats to all the 2012 Earshot “Golden Ear” Award Winners!

We were proud to be a part of the Earshot “Golden Ear” Awards ceremony last night at Tula’s. Jay Thomas’s Quartet (with John Hansen, Chuck Kistler and Adam Kessler) got the crowd warmed up in fine fashion, with guests spots by saxophonists Mark Taylor and Jon Goforth. Then Jim Wilke took over to MC the awards ceremony.

We presented the first two awards and were happy to recognize our friends and frequent Jazz Now! Seattle artists Bill Anschell and Jovino Santos-Neto. Here’s the complete list of winners:

NW RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Bill Anschell, Figments

NW ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE: Jovino Santos-Neto Quinteto

NW ALTERNATIVE GROUP: Andy Clausen’s Wishbone Ensemble

NW INSTRUMENTALIST: Bill Anschell

NW CONCERT OF THE YEAR: Royal Room opening, Sunday, December 18

EMERGING ARTIST: Sam Boshnack

NW VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Jacqueline Tabor

SEATTLE JAZZ HALL OF FAME:
Jeff Johnson
Jovino Santos Neto
Overton Berry

Earshot Executive Director John Gilbreath also gave out two special and well-deserved awards for dedication and contribution to the Seattle jazz scene to Sonarchy’s Doug Haire and Cornish College of the Art’s Kent Devereaux.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. It was such a strong field this year that just about anyone could’ve won in any category. Be sure to check out all the nominees at Earshot.org. And you can hear a couple of the winners in our latest podcast.

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