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Home of Musician and Educator David Marriott, Jr.

David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed groups Septology and Triskaidekaband.

New Book on Lester Young

51sqdHd8lvL._SS500_.jpgDue for release in October, Being Prez: The Life and Times of Lester Young by Dave Gelly is a new book on the great tenor saxophonist of the 1930s and 1940s, Lester Young - also known by his nickname, Pres.  Not much more to say here as the book isn't out for a couple months, other than to mention that this book could be a real goldmine, or merely rehashing other books, like Prez: The Lester Young Story or You Just Fight For Your Life: The Story of Lester Young (both great books). It appears from this article on All About Jazz that the book spends a great deal of time looking at key recordings, which many biographies fail to do, so my excitement is starting to peak -- too bad I have to wait until October to read it!