Columbia City Plays Host to Earshot Golden Ear Awards and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Ceremony

by Gus Marshall

Monday night, a who’s who of Seattle’s flourishing and multilayered jazz scene flooded the Royal Room in Columbia City for the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards.

Squeezing themselves into South Seattle’s jazz mecca, jazz royalty witnessed a night of elegant celebration and historical importance. They were also treated to the soundtrack of the evening provided by the deep soul sounds of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio.

Delvon Lamarr is a master jazz organist who passes hot-licks and crunchy-riffs back and forth like a game of funky hot-potato with his highly esteemed sideman, the 2017 Golden Ear Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year nominee and guitar virtuoso Jimmy James.

Lamarr and James have a deep musical relationship built on trust and communication, they really listen to each other, and you can hear it in their playing. They play a dangerous game of continuous melodic change supported by on-the-spot seamless transitions, running through amazing original compositions and simultaneously weaving their soulful interpretations of the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Cream into the mix, while remaining completely in the moment.

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D’Vonne Lewis- Accepting the award for his group Industrial Revelation, who received the award for NW Concert of the Year. [Photo: Susan Fried]
2017 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award Results

NW Recording of the Year– Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners. Syncopated Classics

NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year– Pearl Django

Alternative Jazz Group of the Year- Rik Wrights Fundamental Forces

NW Concert of the Year- Industrial Revelation Plays Bjork. 12/20/17. Neptune Theater.

NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year- Dawn Clement

Emerging Artist of the Year- Marina Christopher

NW Jazz Vocalist of the Year- Lavon Hardison

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Gail Pettis- presenting the award for NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year. [Photo by Susan Fried]

2017 Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees

Patty Padden

Skerik

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Patty Padden- Winner of 2017 Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. [Photo: Susan Fried]
Quotes from presenters and award winners:

 “I wasn’t expecting to win! Thank you for helping me emerge!” -Marina Christopher

“You all inspire us, shout-out to you all!”-D’Vonne Lewis

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Haley Friedman- Golden Ear recipient for her work at Cafe Racer and the Racer Sessions. [Photo: Susan Fried]
“If I could cut this up and pass it out to all the nominees I would.”- Dawn Clement

“This is a pleasant surprise, sometimes surprises aren’t so pleasant.”- Patty Padden

“Skerik wrote the book on what it means to be creative and masterful in this music, with integrity and passion. And all of that with a sly sense of humor that negates all pretension, but does not negate the seriousness with which he approaches everything he does. He represents what I love about the Seattle scene at its best- its willingness to eschew categories, and assumptions, about what – and what not – a jazz musician should do, or any musician for that matter.” – Wayne Horvitz

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Award winners: {Photo: Susan Fried}

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