Red Raspus Music

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.

Happy Birthday, Dinah Washington (1924-1963)

3103591-resized200.JPGI would have never discovered the great Dinah Washington if I hadn't been such a fan of Frank Rosolino. It must have been 1992 or 1993, when I was searching out every recording of Rosolino, that I came across his participation in some albums with Dinah Washington.  At that time, I knew my jazz history, but I couldn't have told you much about her other than "she was a bluesy jazz singer in the 1950s". I went to Tower Records and bought Dinah! and I was immediately hooked; from there, The Fats Waller Songbook and The Bessie Smith Songbook. I've probably listened to her rendition of Fats Waller's "Christopher Columbus" more than any other vocal tracks I own, save a few by Ella, Sarah, Carmen, and Billie. In fact, I'm going to put it on right now - you should, too. Happy Birthday, Dinah!