Earshot is one of the most important festivals in the world of jazz. It draws more than 160,000 visitors each year to a 100-acre campus in Seattle's Discovery Park - where it is held during the last week of September.
It's made up of two annual events: Jazz in the Park held during the first week of September, which features some of the world's most talented local performers; and Earshot, held during the last weekend of September and features internationally-recognized artists performing in a variety of musical genres.
The Earshot Jazz Festival Information
Founded in 1990, the Earshot Jazz Festival was created as a way to put Seattle on the map as a dynamic cultural center. The festival is now recognized worldwide as an important contributor to the development of jazz in cities that are not commonly associated with the genre. The festival's mission is to create an environment for presenting jazz, and jazz-related music, that supports its artistic growth, communicates its tradition, and inspires successive generations of listeners and musicians.
Jazz in the Park features more than 600 musicians from throughout the region performing on eight outdoor stages. This year's lineup includes headliners, including Gary Burton; the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and its Conductor/Pianist, Ludovic Morlot; and Grammy-winner Ravi Coltrane.
"I'm very excited to be back and to be sharing the stage with some of my favorite musicians," says Burton. "I hope the audience will love the unique approach we bring to this festival... I've always tried to maintain a balance between a more cerebral, textural approach and staying on time and keeping things moving."
The 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival will be held from Saturday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 30th as part of Jazz in the Park 2019. This year's festival will feature over 100 performances by renowned jazz musicians.
Earshot Jazz Festival schedule and artists
International artists scheduled to appear include pianist/vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and vocalist Gregory Porter. Seattle-based performers include Mary Halvorson's Code Girl; The Modern Jazz Cartel with Ron Miles; Vashti Bunyan; Matt Ray & The Long Haul Band; and Seattle-born singer-songwriter Erin McKeown.
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl will be headlining the Earshot Jazz Festival.
"This is a golden age for Seattle jazz," said Alyssa Adams, Earshot Festival Director. "We're proud to offer an amazing lineup of the most talented young musicians in the country and we are so excited that this year's festival is so heavily focused on supporting our local community.
Earshot Jazz Festival Location
Jazz in the Park will feature music in more than 30 venues throughout Seattle's Central District as well as in downtown and Belltown. The festival will present outdoor music at approximately 60 outdoor stages and media, a series of open-air events in Portage Bay and local parks, and at the Seattle Center.
Earshot Jazz Festival 2023 will be the final year Earshot is organized by the non-profit Earshot Educational Foundation, Inc. The organization's board of directors formed a committee to explore various options to ensure the future of this important cultural event. In January of 2019, Earshot Educational Foundation announced an agreement with The Providence Foundation that would make this one of their priority programs for 2023 and beyond.
The Earshot Jazz Festival Announces 2023 Lineup
The Earshot Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the 2023 season. The festival will be held in Seattle, Washington on a pair of weekends: one over Memorial Day weekend, and another in late September.
The lineup spans five stages, with headliners like Smokey Robinson and Dave Brubeck Jr.; it also includes many local acts and performers from around the Pacific Northwest. "We were really excited to see what the region was producing and hear how they've grown over the years," says festival founder Deborah Henson-Conant.
One of her goals, when she founded Earshot in 1988, was to highlight Pacific Northwest jazz musicians. the lineup for the year 2023. The lineup will feature Lady Gaga, Joni Mitchell, and Amy Winehouse as headliners.
The Earshot Jazz Festival is a non-profit organization that celebrates and supports jazz music in Seattle and is proud to announce the names of this year's star performers. This year, they'll be bringing some of the most iconic musicians in music history to their festival stage like Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, and Lady Gaga.
Earshot Jazz Festival who will perform?
Earshot Jazz Festival 2023 will feature two main performance stages featuring internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and a different stage composed of emerging artists. The festival will also showcase acclaimed local musicians and include a series of jazz and jazz-inspired performances in many venues throughout the city.
In addition to the concerts, Earshot Jazz Festival 2023 will feature sidewalk music in the neighborhood surrounding each performance venue, as well as special events across Seattle.
The Earshot Jazz Festival Announces the organization
"As part of our agreement with the Providence Foundation, we are excited to begin to implement plans for the transition toward a new organization," said Alyssa Adams, Executive Director. "We will share more about that transition in the coming months." The Earshot Educational Foundation will explore an exciting future for jazz and education throughout the region and beyond.
"This is a golden age for Seattle jazz," said Alyssa Adams, Earshot Festival Director. "We're proud to offer an amazing lineup of the most talented young musicians in the country. We are so excited that this year's festival is heavily focused on supporting our local community."
Earshot Jazz Festival Announces 2023 Lineup
The Earshot Jazz Festival is sponsored by Boeing, The Boeing Company Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, INOVA Health System, The Providence Foundation, Schulenburg & Co., Inc., Walmart, and Westside School. Generous contributions from the State of Washington and from the City of Seattle are also gratefully acknowledged.
The Providence Foundation has worked with the Earshot Educational Foundation since 2012 to operate Earshot Jazz Festival. During this time period and beyond, The Providence Foundation will work with the new non-profit organization to ensure that support for this community event continues into future years.