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Presenting my music at Tula’s Jazz Club: October 13-14

POSTED ON October 05, 2017

Hey All … the weekend of October 13-14 I’m presenting a weekend of my original music from the past 17 years of recordings on Origin Records.

Included in the first set will be music from Tattooed by Passion which I haven’t performed live with the full 9-piece band (jazz quintet + string quartet) in six years.

I’m excited for the weekend of music and would love for all of you to join me. And did I mention that the first night is my 45th birthday …

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13-14
MUSIC BY MATT JORGENSEN

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 Second Ave / Seattle

Music starts at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20, All Ages

Make a Reservation! 206-443-4221

Featuring:

Thomas Marriott – trumpet
Mark Taylor – saxophone
Ryan Burns – piano
Phil Sparks – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums

with:
Heather Bentley – violin
Karen Halliburiton – violin
Brianna Atwell – viola
Chris Worswick – cello

John Coltrane Birthday Weekend

POSTED ON September 17, 2017

I am honored to be hosting the John Coltrane Birthday Celebration at Tula’s Jazz Club on September 22-23.

Joining me this year will be Portland saxophonist Rob Davis who has been a musical collaborator of mine since my college days. Rob is also on my first Matt Jorgensen +451 CD entitled, The Road Begins Here.

Rounding out the group will be Tim Kennedy on piano, Phil Sparks on bass, and myself on drums.

Reservations are recommended as this is an popular annual event!

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22-23
THE JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 Second Ave
Seattle

Music starts at 7:30pm | All Ages
Tickets $25
Reservations: 206-443-4221

Music for Moto360

POSTED ON August 15, 2017

I’ve been doing music for the YouTube series Moto360 which are motorcycle lifestyle episodes. The idea behind the music was an all-drum score and occasionally I’ve added a few more episodes.

Here is the latest episode:

Click here to watch all of the videos.

Photos from Chico Freeman Mainstage Concert

POSTED ON May 24, 2017

Photos from Chico Freeman at The Ballard Jazz Festival:

Music from Proof

POSTED ON March 15, 2017

I wrote some original music for a production of the play Proof at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle.

Here is some of the music from the show.

New Corey Christiansen Vinyl

POSTED ON January 19, 2017

Corey Christiansen’s new recording, Factory Girl, is out on CD … but the vinyl edition is coming out in February!

Check it out …

Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria BC!

POSTED ON January 16, 2017

Had a great time performing up in Victoria, BC, with saxophonist Phil Dwyer and bassist Sean Drabbit. Sean and I played together (maybe?) 18 years ago in Brooklyn, NY, and it was great to reconnect. This was the first time I got to play with Phil Dwyer.

Hermann’s is Canada’s longest continually-run jazz club … a real treat to play there. I remember listening to Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest program when I first started playing jazz and he would run through all the gigs in the Pacific Northwest including Victoria and who was playing at Hermann’s. Glad I got a chance to play there, especially in these uncertain times where rising real estate prices are pushing jazz clubs out of the city centers.

Plus the ride up and back from Victoria was exciting! (see below)

 

Original Music and Sound for Proof

POSTED ON January 03, 2017

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been asked to do some original music and sound design for a production of Proof by Strawberry Theater Workshop.

For the past few years I’ve participated in the Charlie Brown Christmas Show at the Seattle Center as a member of Jose “Juicy” Gonzales Trio. That show is a benefit for Strawberry Theater Workshop and in talking to director Greg Carter the opportunity to work on a different musical environment presented itself.

The show opens January 19th at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle and runs through February 18.

Looking forward to working on setting the show … once I get back from NYC of course … you can buy tickets and learn more here.

Hosting the Origin Records Holiday Special on Christmas Day

POSTED ON December 24, 2016

Listen to a preview:

Tune into KNKX 88.5 on Christmas Day, 3:00 – 6:00PM (West Coast Time) for the 1st annual Origin Records Holiday Special!

KNKX is letting me host the show! … I’ll be presenting cuts from some of Origin Records holiday releases of the past 20 years.

For those not in the Pacific Northwest you can listen online at www.knkx.org… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

More Commercial Drumming …

POSTED ON November 01, 2016

Last year I played drums on this track. Now the ad is out:

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