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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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Saturday, July 24th - Wayne-ing Brass: The Music of Wayne Shorter for Brass Trio and Rhythm Section

Wayne-ing Brass: The Music of Wayne Shorter for Brass and Rhythm

Thomas Marriott (tpt), Tom Varner (horn), David Marriott, Jr. (tbn), Bill Anschell(pno), Phil Sparks (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums)

Music at Tula's begins at 7:30pm. $15 Cover. Reservations recommended. Call Tula’s at (206) 443-4221

Debuting at Tula's, this re-imagining of Wayne Shorter's music for brass trio and rhythm section is sure to be a unique night of music. Don't miss it!

On Working and Performing with the Liberty High School Jazz Band

I had the pleasure this past week of spending a few days with the Liberty High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Phil Donley. At his kind invitation, I spent some time with them Monday working with the band, performed some lunchtime concerts at the school on Friday with a short Q-and-A for the band members, and performed with them as guest artist at the Eighth Annual Liberty Jazz Night. Phil has done a great job getting his students to deal with some complex arrangements in a musical way, not just technical. Their rhythm sections are solid, the band features a few fine soloists, and they seem to dive in head first to whatever music Phil throws their way. They peaked at the performance Saturday night, so what more could you ask for!

It's always nice getting good feedback from students, so I was delighted to get mentioned in a few posts on Twitter by some students from Liberty High School's Jazz Band:

My thanks to director Phil Donley for the invitation, and to all the band members of the Liberty High School Jazz Band for making my time with you so fun and easy. The performance Saturday night was a blast, to be sure! For those of you not in attendance, here's the program from the concert:

Playing "Cabaret" in San Jose

Lots to talk about! Sorry to have been away from the blog so long, but I keep needing to take breaks and reinvent this thing. I've yet to officially launch the site as "completed", but it's coming soon, I promise -- almost there!

I've been playing trombone and tuba in a three-ctiy production of "Cabaret" for the last month and going through the middle of May, and I'm having a great time on a great gig. I've met many talented people -- all of whom I hope to stay in contact with for many years to come.

I've also had a great time documenting the process.  With my T-Mobile Dash and Kodak C813 for stills and video, I was armed at all times -- although I will admit in hindsight that I missed some great moments, only because I was too busy enjoying them!

I'll be posting many more detailed posts about this gig in the coming weeks, but to wet your appetite, you can check out all my photos on Flickr, and here is a video of me doing my make-up:
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Is This The End for the Fuffering Suckheads?

You'll have to tune in next week, folks -- actually, it sounds like we will be back at the Sunset Tavern on the first Sunday of every month starting up in June, so we are all very excited to be going back to a club and staff we know and love. The gig on Sunday night was zany as always, but everyone was even more on edge as it was seemingly the end of era -- over a year and a half of Sundays devoted to this strange experiment of Ron and Mike's they call "punk jazz".  I still haven't decided it that's the right term for the band, despite having played with them for the better part of the last year or so. I've posted some pictures over on my Flickr account, and I'll try to see if there are any more out there -- many people were taking pictures besides me.  We will also be trudging along at the Seamonster Lounge, where we play the last Saturday of the month.  Throw in a gig here and there at the Fiddler's Inn, and you'll have no problem finding the Fuffering Suckheads (referred to as such for the sake of public decency).

Duo with Tim Kennedy at the Columbia City Theater

I honestly can't remember when I met pianist Tim Kennedy, but it must have been at a jam session at the Owl and Thistle. I don't recall ever having played a gig with him, and I can't you how excited I was when he asked me to play duo at a new club in the South end of Seattle, the Columbia City Theatre. A great little bar-style in the front was our station for the evening, but the very inviting and larger back room is the true jewel of the establishment. This place has a history all its own, and it felt great to be just a part of it for one evening. In the tradition of the room, we tried to cover as many bases as possible from the classic jazz and standard repertoire, from I Cover the Waterfront to Nica's Dream. As a pianist, Tim really has a handle on a variety of approaches, from a Duke-ish kind of stride, to more open Tatum-esque runs, and dashes of blues, bebop and more in the mix. He just put the finishing touches on a new recording, so do look around for that, and possibly I'll play a bit on my podcast. Tim appears every Thursday at the Columbia City Theatre, so if you have a chance, be sure to go check him out!

Blue Flavor Holiday Party

Blue Flavor Holiday Party
Originally uploaded by nickf.
Dig this! Mike Stone, Joe Doria and I had a blast last night playing for the Blue Flavor Holiday Party. Brian Fling, Director of Strategy for Blue Flavor, brought in Joe and I to play the party, and after hearing Mike Stone again the other night at the Sea Monster, we both made sure it would work for a trio. I hope the audience had as much fun as we did, because I know all three of us had a fun time playing funky-groovy, playing standards, and playing holiday songs to the backdrop of It's a Wonderful Life and The Miracle on 34th Street. Nick Finck, Director of User Experience, posted some photos from the party over at Flickr -- check out the whole set!

Weekend Gigs Recap

While I haven't had a chance to go out and hear any music this last week (with the exception of my regular jaunt to The Owl and Thistle on Tuesday), I had a couple of fun gigs this weekend. I really missed playing in more pop-oriented bands when I lived in New York -- mainly because it wasn't nearly as much fun when it was just a bunch of people I didn't know. Now that I am slowly finding my way back into being a true "Seattlite", I'm also finding my way into projects with a slightly-more commercial bent.

Friday night's gig was a loose, free-form hip-hop space odessey with The MC Project: Live at Waimea Brewery's "Get Lei'd" night. Featuring DJ Kamakaze and MC Matt Cavinta, plus myself on trombone and DJ Frank I adding some help on the turntables and percussion, we played off and on from about 9pm 'til midnight, with the DJ action going the whole evening. The concept of the group is slowly evolving, but the direction and voice is starting to find it's own as we interact more with the DJs. Not to mention that lots of cute Kirkland girls, dancing patrons, and accomdating staff were all present for the night.

Saturday night offered a slightly different vibe, in the form of the soul-groove cover band, Players Club. I subbed with these guys a while back, and playing for this holiday party on Saturday was an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy kind of gig. With a solid book of charts from Michael Jackson to Donna Summers, these guys do a great job with dance music and still make it fun for the performers, too. I've been listening to this kind of music for years, and before I moved to NY I played a few gigs a week in this style, but I must say it sure feels good to play feel-good music with people that just wnat to do the same thing as you: give an audience what it needs to have a good time, and give the band what it needs to have a good time. Playing at the Rainier Club is always a pleasure, as well -- if you ever have the chance to attend an event here, by all means check it out: there's a kind of 19th century ambiance to the place that just makes you feel like old money!

Project Live and Jasmine Trias at Meany Hall

Saturday night: Filipino Youth Empowerment Project (FYEP) Presents American Idol�s Finalist Jasmine Trias with special feature performances by PhyZiKal Graffi-T, Nate, CeCe Cabading and Project Live. Proceeds will go to �Bantay-Bata� Medical Assistance Fund, Filipino Community of Seattle Building Fund and WASL Test Prep Program, UW FASA�s Project Family and Anakbayan�s EYE Program (Empowering Youth through Education).

This gig was a ton of fun, and while we were the "warm-up band" to get the rest of the show rolling, it was a great afternoon of music-making on one of Seattle's greatest stages: Meany Hall. If you've never had the chance to play on that stage, it never ceases to amaze me how great any kind of music sounds out there; I've played in operas, jazz concerts, and everything in between in Meany, and I've never had a complaint about the sound (not to mention the University of Washington was my home for a few years). Project Live really is starting to find it's sound, and this gig really helped to solidify some of our newer arrangments and experiments. More from this band coming soon...

Marriott Brothers Quintet at Tula's

This was a really fun gig -- nice to play with Thomas again, and always a pleasure to play with Matt Jorgensen, John Hansen, and Phil Sparks. Tula's has such a laid-back, easy-going atmosphere, both for listeners and performers. I've enjoyed playing there for almost ten-years, and this particular night was no exception. Three sets of fun and games, from straight-ahead bebop like Hank Mobley's This I Dig of You, to more progressive sounds like Hand Jive from the second Miles Davis quintet and Kenny Kirkland's Inner Peace. And I can't say enough about Matt, John and Phil -- consumate professionals, all three of them, who are always at the top of their game. I'm sure you'll be able to hear this group again in the future -- Tom and I both felt like this was the direction we want the quintet to go in. Thanks to all of you who joined us that night -- a great listening crowd of appreciative patrons.

Project Live at Jillian's

A very different Project Live gig tonight -- TRIO! With just MC Matt, DJ Frank I, and myself, we managed to make a night of music for a great audience at Jillian's. From improvised tunes, to spoken word-and-trombone, to full-on pop covers, I was thankfully surprised to find that we could actually sound like a full band and do "our thing" without the benefit of our usual 7-or-8-man posse. Ever evolving, Project Live continues to open up my own ears musically, and gives me some hope that the concept of "jazz" -- be it a style, genre, approach, or just a vibe -- will not die out in the 21st century.