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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.

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Listen to "Septology: In the Beginning" on Kerchoonz

A new UK social music and networking site, Kerchoonz, is now paying artists when their streams are played online. I'm testing it out with my Septology: In the Beginning recording to see what it's all about. If you'd like to help support me without having to spend a dime, listen to Septology: In the Beginning on Kerchoonz instead of playing your CD or MP3's. If you are a musician and want to upload your music and reap whatever benefits may come down the line, sign up for an artist account.

On Being a Horse's Ass at a Jam Session

Ok, ok, ok. First off, this is an open posting to all those who were at the Owl and Thistle jam session last night. Second, being in a bad mood and trying to get your darkness out by playing is not the best of ideas when you've been drinking for the last couple hours.

This was me last night (see left) to a certain degree. I had been down to see a bunch of friends play at the Triple Door last night, and was super-amped to go play afterwards. The music I had heard was great, and while I wanted to just hang for the rest of the night, I was excited to actually go play somewhere. The usual Owl and Thistle session is always a fun night, but last night I took it a little bit left. Yes, I had been drinking, and I'm a little guy, so I was on the way to a real nice hangover. We played Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise and while it was far from perfect, it was a good time. Somehow I lost a bridge along the way, but who knows how that happened. But when we ended up playing Milestones pretty fast, before the first chorus was over, I knew the form was BUSTED! And, naturally, after trying to get through a couple of more-or-less free choruses, I got really upset. Too upset. I just wanted to play one tune after being really inspired earlier in the night, and I felt like I was playing in some Bizarro Jazz World. And I was visibly dark about it, too. Maybe that's an understatement...

My apologies to all of you who may have witnessed that, especially Ryan Burns who was running things last night. I would like to blame it strictly on the booze, and while it really helped me out along the way, I have to blame it on the bad attitude and dark frame-of-mind I was in when I got there. I am constantly reminded that we as musicians generally communicate what's going on in our lives and minds, and tonight was no exception for me. I was tired, not sober, and negative when I got there, and that totally came out on the bandstand. While the playing part of it was nobody in particular's fault, one must remember that it is a jam session, not a gig or recording session, and things ALWAYS have the potential for weirdness. It is supposed to be fun, not a pain in the ass! And when people like me get all bent out of shape when it gets weird, it just makes it not fun for anyone.

Lesson 1: Take a chill pill before the jam session.

Lesson 2: Dave doesn't need to drink before he plays (a rarity for me, but still worth the reminder)

Lesson 3: Jam sessions are loose -- by design. Don't impose your needs on the group, because it's supposed to be fun!

Ok, all -- that's it for me. Thanks for a fun night last night as always, and just disregard the Dave that was present last night -- see you all next week!

Recent Podcast Plays

After hearing about the Podsafe Music Network on Adam Curry's The Daily Source Code, I knew that I needed to get my music up there. Not only did I quickly upload a bunch of tunes, but I got on my gmail account and told as many people as would listen to do the same. I envisioned all these Seattle jazz folks invading the new site, and thankfully, we are finally getting some notice. Since first putting my tracks up a few weeks ago, I have had at least ten plays in podcasts of various styles and genres, and within a couple days of putting their tracks up last week, both The Core and Swampdweller are getting notice as well. While the PMN is designed to allow podcasters to just grab music and use it in their podcasts, I greatly appreciated the e-mail I received from Sundown Lounge host Larry Winfield prior to his using The High Country in his podcast last week. Larry's show is a great mix of poetry, music, politics, and "Venue Verite" -- snipets of open-mic sessions from across the West Coast -- and his variety and easy-going style make for a very listenable podcast. Thanks, Larry! Here's a list of some podcasts we've been featured on recently: