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NW JAZZ MASTERS SERIES: THOMAS MARRIOTT QUARTET

04/08/2006
The Rockfish's "Northwest Jazz Masters Series" continues with a performance by the Thomas Marriott Quartet.

Marriott is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge on the national jazz scene in more than a decade. Solo efforts on his recent albums and performances with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, The Chico O’Farrell Orchestra, Ritchie Cole, Joe Locke & Kenny Kirkland have gained him numerous awards and recognition throughout the music world. In 1999 he won the prestigious Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild and the Herb Albert Foundation.

A Seattle native, Marriott gained attention with the 1997 release of his first album “Open Season.” The Album won Seattle jazz radio KPLU’s top pick for that year. Earshot Jazz Magazine readers voted Thomas the Best Emerging Artist of 1998, an award The Marriott Brothers Quintet received in 1997. The Marriott Brothers Quintet, co-lead by Thomas & his brother David, released their second album, “The High Country,” to critical acclaim in 1999 and the band was voted Best Northwest Acoustic Band of that same year.

In 2000, Thomas joined the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and relocated to New York City. After completing three world tours with Ferguson, Thomas worked in and around New York with musicians as diverse as Bob Berg, The Tito Puente Orchestra, Eric Reed, Brian Lynch, Bebo Valdez, Eddie Palmieri and many others. He was commissioned to compose three original works for the Ground Floor Dance Collaborative and actively led his own bands as well.

Now making Seattle his home once again, Thomas is a member of many ensembles including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. His first solo album “Individuation” on the Origin Records label was named among the top 20 jazz recordings of 2005 by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ.

"One of the most talented jazz musicians ever to emerge from the city, Marriott is a figure to monitor..." Earshot Magazine, October 2005
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