"IN UNITY" FEATURED ON NPR'S ALL THING'S CONSIDERED

Got a text message from Thomas Marriott that my tune, "In Unity," from the new Human Spirit CD was featured on NPR's All Things Considered. It was the bumber-music on a segment about the GOP having regroup after getting destroyed in the election (double plus!).

Here are some links to buy the CD/Track:

HUMAN SPIRIT ON TOUR

Just got back from two weeks in Germany on tour with Chamber 3. Now, after a week off, I'm headed out for a week of gigs with Human Spirit!

featuring:
Thomas Marriott - trumpet
Mark Taylor - saxophone
Orrin Evans - piano
Essiet Essiet - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums

Oct 15: Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA
Oct 16-17: Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle
Oct 18: Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham
Oct 19-20: The Cellar, Vancouver

and coming up ...

Nov 14: Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia
Nov 15: Smalls Jazz Club, New York

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE!

I'm humbled to be included in the Players section of the December 2011 issue of DownBeat magazine.

While on tour last March in support of Tattooed by Passion, I sat down down in Philadelphia with DownBeat writer Eric Fine and talked about the last 10-20 years of making music.

The issue is currently on newsstands (Trombone Shorty is on the cover) so pick up your copy today! (or click here to read the profile online.)

MORE GREAT MUSIC

The past few months I've had the pleasure to share the bandstand with many great musicians. That continues through this month and next.

My friend, and amazing saxophonist Eric Alexander is passing through Seattle with pianist Harold Mabern ... so we are going to have a show! We are performing two sets (7:00 & 9:00pm) and will be joined by bassist Chuck Deardorf. Seating is always limited at Egan's so if you want to attend the show it is suggested that you buy in advance.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - EGAN'S BALLARD JAM HOUSE
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Sets at 7:00 and 9:00pm
Tickets: $15.00 per set or $25.00 for both sets ($10 food/drink minimum per set)

Other up-coming shows:

CALENDAR UPDATES ...

Check the Tour Dates page for up-coming shows ... Human Spirit live recording, Tribute to Jim Knapp, a performance of Tattooed by Passion and more!

A BUSY FALL ...

The Fall is shaping up for an exciting few months with a bunch of new projects.

Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and I have formed a new project entitled Human Spirit ... basically formalizing what we've beening doing for the the past few years, having a real band. We are in the process of writing some new material and will be doing a few gigs in a run-up to a live recording at the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Sunday, August 28: The Blue Monk, Portland, OR
Friday - Saturday, September 2-3: Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, September 4: Bumbershoot, Seattle
Friday - Saturday, October 14-15: Tula's Jazz Club - Live Recording!

Also, this year's Earshot Jazz Festival will keep me busy with gigs backing up Travis Shook, Chad McCullough and Bram Weijters, and a very special show that I'll know more about in the next few days.

Video from Denver

A video montage from our concert at RedLine and the Dale Chisman In Retrospect exhibit.

Matt Jorgensen: Tattoed by Passion from John Roberts on Vimeo.

HEADED OUT EAST

It has been a long time since I've had my bands on the East Coast ... but all that will remedied later this month. If you are in the Philadelphia or New York City areas because sure and catch a show at:

Wednesday, March 30: Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (7:00 - 10:00pm) Facebook Event Page
Thursday, March 31: Smalls Jazz Club, New York, NY (9:30pm - Midnight) Facebook Event Page

Listen to an interview I did with Jeff Duperon on WRTI in advance of the Philadelphia show:



Also, I'll be giving a clinic on the music business at The New School (NYC) on Monday, March 28, at at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) on Wednesday, March 30. Email me if you want more details.

  

QUIET SILENCE BACK IN PRINT

I'm excited to announce that my second CD as a leader, Quiet Silence, which was originally released in 2002, is now back in print.

Check out the Recordings page to learn more and order your copy.

Also, on the gig front ... later this month I'm heading back east for shows in Philadephia and New York. Check out the Gigs page for more information.

March 30 - Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia
March 31 - Smalls, New York

TATTOOED BY PASSION - LIVE IN DENVER - FEB 25

Robischon Gallery and RedLine present a live performance of Matt Jorgensen's Tattooed by Passion: Music inspired by the paintings of Dale Chisman during the closing weekend of Dale Chisman In Retrospect.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
RedLine
2350 Arapahoe Street {map it}
Denver, CO 80205

Pre-concert discussion: 7:00pm
Concert: 7:30pm
Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show
Call (303) 296-4448 for tickets or
** Buy Online **
Seating is limited. Advance reservations strongly suggested.
The show is all ages


featuring:
Thomas Marriott - trumpet
Mark Taylor - saxophone
Dave Devine - guitar
Mark Simon - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums

with accompanying String Quartet and artwork projected on stage

Originally premiered at Seattle's Earshot International Jazz Festival, this presentation of Tattooed by Passion: Music inspired by the paintings of Dale Chisman, with many of the accompaning paintings on display in the adjacent gallery, makes this a live a once-in-a-lifetime event.

RELATED:

MATT IN DENVER FOR OPENING OF DALE CHISMAN SHOW

Matt Jorgensen is in Denver for the opening of Dale Chisman In Retrospect at RedLine on Thursday, January 13, at 6:00pm.

He will be a guest on KUVO radio in Denver Wednesday, January 12 at 1:20pm. Click here to listen.

Also, plans are underway to premiere Tattooed by Passion: Live with Strings at RedLine on Friday, February 25. Please email Matt for more information.

THE MAKING OF TATTOOED BY PASSION




REVIEW: ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Drummer Matt Jorgensen pushes a bit out of the relative comfort zone of his longstanding Matt Jorgensen + 451 ensemble, to pay homage to his late father-in-law, abstract expressionist painter Dale Chisman, with Tattooed by Passion. With his + 451 group, Jorgensen crafted a distinctive modern-leaning sound on CDs Hope (Origin Records, 2004) and Another Morning (Origin Records, 2008). He carries that tradition forward on Tattooed by Passion.

... On the closer, "Savage Grace," the strings return, along with clarinetist Richard Cole. The extra instrumentation adds a panoramic feeling to an initially pensive tune that bursts outward with Marriott's brassy solo. An ambitious and beautiful ending to Matt Jorgensen's finest recording to date.

{Click here to read the entire review at allaboutjazz.com}

BUMBERSHOOT ADVANCE PRESS

A couple of previews from our show at Bumbershoot this Sunday (NW Court Stage: 4:45 - 5:45pm)

THE SEATTLE WEEKLY

Matt Jorgensen Quintet: He's a head honcho at the highly successful Origin Records and helps produce the Ballard Jazz Festival, so it's perhaps no surprise that in his own bands Matt Jorgensen is the kind of drummer who makes things happen without putting himself out front. His newest quintet, with longtime partners Thomas Marriott and Mark Taylor, takes a more abstract, cinematic turn, which is not a coincidence: The quintet's brand new Origin recording, Tattooed by Passion, offers music inspired by Jorgensen's late father-in-law, Colorado painter Dale Chisman. If you only have ear space for one instrumental show at the 'Shoot, this little-known band is the one to make room for.

THE STRANGER
Matt Jorgensen is a Seattle jazz drummer who's made a name for himself with his musical adventurousness. Jorgensen's recordings range from moody atmospherics to jazz funk with power chords to covers of Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. He'll be playing music from his new album just out, based on the art of Dale Chisman, joined by saxophonist Mark Taylor, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, guitarist Dan Balmer, and bassist Dave Captein.

hello september!

September is starting off with a bang! Thursday, September 2nd I will start a 4-night run with guitarist Stanley Jordan at Jazz Alley in Seattle. Phil Sparks will be on bass so this promises to be a great week of music.

This Sunday, September 5 will be pretty nuts. If you happen to be up at 9:00am (west coast time) I'll be doing an interview with Michael Schwartz at KSJS in San Jose, CA, about my new CD, Tattooed by Passion. It will be available online so tune in to http://ksjs.org

Later that afternoon I'm heading downtown to rehearse with my group for our show at Bumbershoot. We will be performing at the Northwest Court Stage (4:45-5:45pm). Portland guitarist Dan Balmer will be joining us ... along with Dave Captein (bass), Mark Taylor (sax) and Thomas Marriott (trumpet).

After the Bumbershoot set I'll sign a few CDs and then make my way back to Jazz Alley for the last show with Stanley Jordan.

TATTOOED BY PASSION: Music inspired by the paintings of dale chisman

My new CD will be available on August 17th on Origin Records ... but you can order it today by clicking here. (CDs will ship around August 1st)

MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
Inspired by the paintings of his late father-in-law, the prominent abstract-impressionist artist Dale Chisman, drummer Matt Jorgensen has created a recording of all original works drawing influence directly from Chisman paintings, his home city of Denver, his life-long friends, and his constant reinvention as an artist. To properly reflect the power and expanse of Chisman's pieces, Jorgensen, along with his longtime collaborators - trumpeter Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Mark Taylor - expands his own palette from previous recordings, exploring broad new textures and musical landscapes aided by Corey Christiansen's earthy guitar work, bassist Dave Captein, and orchestrations for string quartet.

MUSICIANS:

Thomas Marriott - trumpet
Mark Taylor - saxophones
Corey Christiansen - guitar
Dave Captein - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums
with special guests:
Richard Cole - clarinet
Karen Haliburton - violin
Eric Rynes - violin
Brianna Atwell - viola
Chris Worswick - cello



MAY 2010

These next few months are busy with new recordings. In May I'm on two new Origin Records ... Corey Christiansen's Outlaw Tractor and Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott's East / West Trumpet Summit. Both projects are touring in the coming months so be on the lookout!

with Corey Christiansen:
Wednesday, May 19 - Tula's Jazz Club, Seattle
Fri - Sat, May 21-22 - The Cellar, Vancounver, BC

with Ray Vega/Thomas Marriott East-West Trumpet Summit
Saturday, June 12 - Denver Jazz Festival, Denver
Thursday, June 24 - Tula's Jazz Club, Seattle
Fri - Sat, June 25-26 - Jazz at the River, Eagle, ID

BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL ... APRIL 21-25

The Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off Wednesday, April 21 and runs through Sunday, April 25. I'll be performing every night except for Sunday, where I'll be sitting back, relaxing and eating Swedish Pancakes! Visit the Ballard Jazz Festival website for a complete schedule.

On Tuesday, April 20, I'll be playing in Portland with Dr. Lonnie Smith at Jimmy Mak's as part of the Soul'd Out Festival.

Every Friday, when I'm in town, you can catch me at The New Orleans with Thomas Marriott at 8pm.

BUSY 2010 ... RECORDING AND MORE

2010 has already been a busy year, and we are just getting started.

January started off with the East/West Trumpet Summit (led by trumpeters Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott) heading to Europe on January 2nd. We spent a week playing at Marian's Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland. We recorded a CD in December so it was great to take "the band" which featured Travis Shook on piano and Jeff Johnson on bass.

Got back from Switzerland and was home for a week before heading back to Heidelberg, Germany, for a few gigs and live recording with guitarist Christian Eckert. Then it was off to MIDEM in Cannes, France, for another year of dealmaking for Origin Records.

Had a quick trip to Washington, DC, with Thomas Marriott and later this month, Thursday, March 25, I'll be at Tula's with New York organist Mike LeDonne.

April, of course, is Ballard Jazz Festival month ... April 21-25 ... so I hope all of you make plans to come down and see the shows. I'll be at the Jazz Walk with Corey Christiansen and playing the Saturday concert with Hadley Caliman. In addition, on Tuesday, April 20, I'll be playing in Portland with Dr. Lonnie Smith at Jimmy Mak's as part of the Soul'd Out Festival.

On the recording front ... look for two new discs in May. The East/West Trumpet Summit and Corey Christiansen's Outlaw Tractor will both be released.

END OF THE YEAR ROUND-UP

A couple of weeks ago my December looked somewhat empty ... but a few gigs have come in and now I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks.

This Saturday, December 5th, I'll be at Tula's with Thomas Marriott's Quartet. The group features Rick Mandyck on piano and Phil Sparks on bass.

The following week I'll be performing with both Susan Pascal's Quartet performing the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet and then down to Olympia for a homecoming gig for now-NYC pianist Travis Shook.

Thurs, Dec 10: with Susan Pascal Quartet, Art of Jazz - Seattle Art Museum, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Friday, Dec 11: with Susan Pascal Quartet, Tula's Jazz Club, Seattle, 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec 12: with Travis Shook Trio, The United Churches of Olympia (110 11th Ave. SW., Olympia, WA), 7:30pm

The big event in December will be Hadley Caliman's CD Release Party for his new CD, Straight Ahead.

Saturday, December 19 - TULA'S JAZZ CLUB
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
8:00pm, $15.00
Reservations: 206-443-4221

Also in December, Travis Shook, Jeff Johnson, Thomas Marriott and myself will head into the studio with NYC trumpeter Ray Vega to record Thomas and Ray's Two Trumpet CD. Just got the music in the mail so I'm excited to going on the recording. Right after the New Year this group will head to Switzerland for a 5-day run at Marian's Jazz Room in Bern.

Then it is back to the States for a week and then back to Europe as I have three gigs with guitarist Christian Eckert in Germany before I head to Cannes, France, for the MIDEM show.

As always, check the Tour Dates page for all the latest info.

Live recordings

My trusty Zoom H2 recorder has been with me for a bunch of gigs and now I present them to you! (Shouldn't I get some kind of endorsement from Zoom now for this?)

THOMAS MARRIOTT AT THE CELLAR (Vancouver, BC) featuring: Thomas Marriott (trumpet); Mark Taylor (saxophones); Brad Turner (keyboards); Paul Rushka (bass); Matt Jorgensen (drums)
Download Set 1 | Download Set 2

MATT JORGENSEN GROUP AT 2009 BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM - Download Set
featuring Thomas Marriott (trumpet); Chris Spencer (guitar); Jon Hamar (bass); Matt Jorgensen (drums)

COREY CHRISTIANSEN QUARTET AT 2009 GUITAR SUMMIT - Download Set
featuring Corey Christiansen (guitar); Mark Taylor (saxophone); Paul Gabrielson (bass);
Matt Jorgensen (drums)

OTHER LINKS:

NEW THOMAS MARRIOTT RECORD

Thomas Marriott spent two days at Avast Ironwood in April recording tracks for two up-coming CDs. John Bishop played on the first album and I did the second with Thomas, Gary Versace (organ) and Mark Taylor (saxophone). Look for this to come out at some point in 2010.

MARCH - APRIL

Just got back from a short tour with Corey Christiansen to Atlanta, Bloomington and St. Louis.

As always, check the Tour Dates page for a couple of great gigs coming up. Hadley Caliman this weekend, the end of April The Ballard Jazz Festival, then to Denver with Corey Christiansen, Vancouver with Thomas Marriott and back to Seattle for a couple nights at Jazz Alley with Eric Alexander.

 

NEW PHOTOS AND UPDATES

Just finished posting two new photo galleries from April's Ballard Jazz Festival

Sam Yahel Trio on the Mainstage
Matt Jorgensen's Little Big Band at Brotherhood of the Drum

And on the recording news, in addition to the two new CDs that I listed below ... just got a copy of the final mixes from Thomas Marriott's new CD, Flexicon, which should come out at some point in 2009.

The recording features Thomas, Mark Taylor, Joe Locke, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson and myself (see photo right). Don Gunn did the final mixes and it sounds great. Thinking back on the session I don't really remember much because I showed up that morning really sick and didn't get over whatever I had for about three weeks after that which included Hadley Caliman's CD release party and a week-long 451 tour. So I was thrilled when I heard all the music because it is an amazing sounding record.

DRUM LESSONS

I've been doing a bit of teaching as of late and I have space available for 2 students. If you are in Seattle and want to take a lesson ... send me an email.

WATCH AND DOWNLOAD MATT'S BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM SHOW

From last April's Ballard Jazz Festival, the entire set is available as an audio download and one clip has been posted in the videos section of the site.

Matt Jorgensen's Little Big Band featuring: Thomas Marriott - trumpet; Chad McCullough - flugelhorn; Mark Taylor - alto saxophone; Steve Tressler - tenor saxophone; Richard Cole - baritone saxophone; Phil Sparks - bass (#1-4); Bill Rieflin - electric bass (#5)

  1. New Beginnings
  2. Brilliant Corners
  3. Hora Decubitus
  4. Fables of Faubus
  5. The National Anthem
Recorded at The Brotherhood of the Drum at The Sunset Tavern, Seattle, April 24, 2008.

REVIEWS

A couple of new reviews for Another Morning just came in, including my first review in JazzTimes Magazine.

So then I read the first paragraph ... On the Seattle quartet's first recording since Hope in 2004, Matt jorgensen + 451 continues to explore a particular brand of jazz-rock fusion that is more subtle than your average pounding, thrashing, over-the-top variety. However, leader Jorgensen's fiery and excessively busy drumming often overwhelms and distracts from the group sound as well as the soloists.

Overall the reviews for Another Morning have been great so that's one where I just shrugg and move on. Because no matter what JazzTimes says, I always have this review from Dick Crockett:

Another Morning is your answer to the other side of funk where Jersey City is fading mythology, and space mountain is the new anthology, where Santa Cruz women prefer hair on their legs than a full body wax, where odor is an essence of nirvana.

What does this mean? I have no clue ... but it sure sounds cool!

NEW BOOK FEATURES PHOTOS OF MATT JORGENSEN +451

Philadelphia photographer Tom Priemon has published a new book of photographs entitled, “Inner Circle,” documenting a performance by Matt Jorgensen +451 at the Grand Illusion Theater in 2003.

From the promo material for the book:
“Inner Circle” with Matt Jorgensen + 451 is a visual music composition using the medium of Photonality. In Photonality the camera acts as an additional instument within the performance, moving in, out and around an axis.

You can read more about the book here.

THE DRUMMER LUNCH FEATURED IN DRUM MAGAZINE

Every Monday afternoon a bunch of drummers in Seattle gather for lunch. One of our lunch regulars, Bill Rieflin, was featured in the May issue of Drum Magazine and there is a short mention of the lunch.

If you play drums, and are in Seattle ... send me an email and I'll put you on the list.

Also, I'll be posting some photos from our drummer lunch soon so check back.


BUNCH OF REVIEWS FOR ANOTHER MORNING:

Check out the Reviews Page for all the latest Another Morning CD reviews from The Seattle Times, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, The Stranger and more!

And then there is this one ... PROBABLY THE BEST REVIEW EVER!

From Dick Crockett, Bopin' Dick's 10 Picks:
Another Morning Is your answer to the other side of funk where Jersey City is fading mythology, and space mountain is the new anthology, where Santa Cruz women prefer hair on their legs than a full body wax, where odor is an essence of nirvana.

Drummer Jorgensen has assembled a cast of Ryan Burns, keyboards, Mark Taylor saxophones, Phil Sparks, bass to further the new funk muse of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

DOWNLOAD THE SHOW FROM PORTLAND

Just got back from the show at the Portland Jazz Festival. We had a great time and a lot of 451 fans made it out so that was nice to see.

We recorded both sets on my handy Zoom H2 recorder so enjoy!

451 is getting ready for our official CD Release Party on March 27 so make your plans to be in Seattle for that ...

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 7:30pm
THE TRIPLE DOOR MAINSTAGE

216 Union Street
Seattle
$15, All Ages
Click here for more information.

BACK FROM SALT LAKE

Just got back from recording a new record with guitarist Corey Christiansen along with Dave Halliday on saxophone and Paul Bianchi on B3 organ. We recorded 14 tunes in 2 days and it looks like there will be enough material for two up-coming releases on Origin Records. Had a blast recording and the music Corey wrote for the session was killing!

Now that I'm back in Seattle ... 451 is rehearsing this week for our up-coming show at the Portland Jazz Festival this Friday.

Also, just got the charts for the recording session next week with Thomas Marriott and Joe Locke. Thomas is writing some great music and it should be a blast.

 

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS

For the last year or so I've been directing/editing/producing videos for the Origin Records Video Podcast. The response has been very cool and a couple of the videos have just been sent off to SKY TV in the UK to be aired on their music program.

Here are a few that I've directed:

Some featuring me and other live stuff in Seattle


VIDEOS FROM TATTOOED BY PASSION:
click on the image to play


Primal Scrip


Space, Plane and Line


The Armory

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