Jazz Award

Garfield High School Jazz Band


Here is a color version of the photograph on the cover of this month’s Earshot Jazz, the magazine, honoring Seattle’s Garfield High School, under the direction of Clarence Acox, for taking top honors on Sunday, May 10th in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 14th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. They were selected as the winner by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians — Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director; composer, conductor and Ellington authority David Berger; educator, clinician and pianist, Reginald Thomas; and legendary jazz trumpeter and composer/ arranger, Gerald Wilson— from among the 15 finalist bands from the U.S. and Canada that came to the Competition & Festival in New York City. At the awards ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented prizes and cash. Acox accepted the 1st place trophy and an award of $5,000. Scott Brown, Director of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, accepted the 2nd place trophy and an award of $2,500. For complete list of winners, including top soloists and sections, visit www.earshot.org.

Story by Danielle Bias from Earshot Jazz, the magazine.

Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a portrait photographer who specializes in people and travels everywhere to shoot weddings in a photojournalist style that is real, straightforward, subtle and unobtrusive. Daniel was named among the best  photographers in Seattle by the Wedding Photojournalists Association.

More Earshot Golden Ear Awards Photographs


Hadley leads his quintet opening up the Golden Ear Awards night.


Hadley, Phil Sparks on bass and Thomas Marriott on trumpet.


Phil Sparks on bass.


EARSHOT JAZZ – Golden Ear Awards


Monday night was the annual Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards evening held this year at The Triple Door. Hadley Caliman here playing in the set before the award announcements were made, won two of the coveted prizes, the award for the best Acoustic Jazz Ensemble and for the Best Northwest Concert of the Year.
The veteran tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman performed with his new quintet of Thomas Marriott on trumpet, Marc Seales, piano, Phil Sparks on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums.
Those who have heard him play were not too surprised when the awards were announced. Tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman is part of the living history of jazz music in America. He has performed, recorded and toured with Freddie Hubbard, Gerald Wilson, Carlos Santana, Dexter Gordon and The Grateful Dead. At 77 years old, Caliman continues to tour, teach and perform throughout the world.

Photograph by photojournalist Daniel Sheehan specializing in portrait photography for publications and corporations and a photographer in Seattle with an unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photography.