Earshot’s John Gilbreath lands at #17 of CityArts magazine’s list of Seattle’s top culture makers. He is in between The Seattle Channel’s Nancy Guppy and Pacific Northwest Ballett’s Artistic Director Peter Boal … fine company indeed.
17 John Gilbreath
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EARSHOT JAZZ
John Gilbreath says his to-do list is a block and a half long, and it’s easy to see why. Earshot produces nearly a hundred performances each year, including a monthly concert series at the Seattle Art Museum and the renowned annual Earshot Jazz Festival, which Gilbreath has grown from a three-day to a three-week event. The longtime host for KEXP’s Jazz Theater, he’s also given prominent airtime on KBCS, where his show The Caravan, which showcases world music that has roots in jazz, airs every weekday. He also serves on the board of directors for the Western Jazz Presenters Network and the new Seattle JazzED program and sculpts when he, ahem, carves out enough free time.