]The 2009 Earshot Golden Ear Award Nominations are up and you can vote online at the Earshot website.

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15th at The Triple Door featuring the music of Greg Williamson’s A-Y-P Large Ensemble.

And the nominees are …

2009 NW Recording of the Year:
Rochelle House, Water (House Records)
Thomas Marriott, Flexicon (Origin Records)
Mark Taylor, Spectre (Origin Records)
Neil Welch & Chris Icasiano, Bad Luck (Belle Records)

2009 NW Acoustic Jazz Group:
WACO / Washington Composers Orchestra
The Teaching
Mark Taylor Quartet
Hans Teuber

2009 NW Alternative Jazz Group:
Neil Welch / Chris Icasiano Duo

2009 NW Jazz Instrumentalist:
Eric Barber, saxophones
Chris Icasiano, drums
Jeff Johnson, bass
Tom Varner, French horn
Neil Welch, saxophones

Emerging Artist of 2009:
Andy Clausen & Sjenka
Evan Flory-Barnes & The Teaching
Neil Welch / Chris Icasiano Duo

2009 NW Vocalist of the Year:
Cocoa Martini (Karen Shivers, Kimberly Reason, Kay Bailey)
Rochelle House
Bernie Jacobs
Valerie Joyce
Greta Matassa

2009 NW Concert of the Year:
Evan Flory-Barnes, “Acknowledgment of a Celebration,” Town Hall, Earshot Jazz Festival, 11/8
Frank Gratkowski/ Achim Kaufman/ Wilbert De Joode, Chapel Performance Space, Wayward Music Series & Earshot Jazz Festival, 11/2
Sunship w/ Bora Ju & Archana Bennur, Mr Spot’s Chai House, 11/14
Tom Varner Tentet, Chapel Performance Space, Earshot Jazz Festival, 10/29
Neil Welch & Chris Icasiano, Bad Luck CD release, Chapel Performance Space, 11/14

Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Nominees
Marc Seales
Overton Berry
Chuck Deardorf
Stuart Dempster
Bert Wilson

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