On Friday November 10th, I was walking around Seward Park with the family when I got a text from KCTS9 asking if I could crank out some music quickly for a commercial … a promo for The Beatles mini-doc about the making of Now & Then which was airing the following Friday night. A couple hours later, with the added guitar from Dave Dysart, I had a tiny tiny tiny bit of something attached to the band that started me on my musical journey.
The Matt Jorgensen FIVE made their debut at The Seattle Jazz Fellowship on Wednesday, October 25th. You can listen to a recording of the night here:
The Sparks (Jorgensen)
Conference of the Birds (Dave Holland)
Mood Indigo (Ellington)
Chippi (Ornette Coleman)
Quiet Silence (Jorgensen)
When Will The Blues Leave (O. Coleman)
Frida’s House (Jorgensen)
The Garden (Brad Mehldau)
After composing music for 100+ episodes of MOTOTREK … I finally get to appear in an episode!
During Fall 2022 I did a few gigs with trumpeter Jim Rotondi and saxophonist Dick Oatts. During our stop in Bellingham this performance was captured
I’m fortunate to collaborate with an amazing team of creatives at KCTS9. I was part of the team that was awarded the 2021 Northwest Regional Emmy Award for Program Promotion – Campaign.
I composed music for two different shorts in support of the Ken Burns documentary Muhammad Ali. You can view them on the KCTS9 website:
A few new episodes of MOTOTREK have been released this month. It has been such a fun journey to work with this show … as of August 2022 I’ve written music for 98 episodes and it is approaching 24 million views. Thank you to Tim Tyler and Inventive Pictures for bringing me along on the journey.
I’ll be joining Jared Hall on Friday, September 24, at SOMA Towers in Bellevue for the CD Release show!
Just wrapped a project composing music for the 2021 Crosscut Festival which was streamed online and later broadcast on KCTS9 in Seattle.
Here is a snippet from the May 13, 2021 broadcast where four of my music cues aired back-to-back … including a spot for support of Public Broadcasting which I brought together many of the KCTS9 themes I have been working with over the past couple years.
I’ve been going back and publishing my old catalog of music to my Bandcamp page. This one went live today … a classic organ trio session with Christian Eckert and Gary Versace.
Some people have asked me to listen to the New Music Review tribute to jazz piano legend Chick Corea. Below you’ll find the MP3 of the episode.
Excited to continue my adventure into radio. Starting Saturday, January 9th, I’ll be hosting a weekly radio show on KNKX 88.5fm called New Music Review. Each week I’ll be showcasing new releases in the world of jazz. You can listen in the Greater Seattle Area on 88.5fm or tune in online at http://knkx.org.
From the KNKX press release:
Following Grooveyard we’ll present New Music Review with Matt Jorgensen, from 4 to 5. Matt is active in all aspects of the Seattle jazz scene; he recorded four records with his group Matt Jorgensen +451 for Origin Records, he founded and is co-Artistic Director of the Ballard Jazz Festival, and produces jazz concerts in association with Bumbershoot and others. KNKX listeners will know Matt’s voice as the host of the Origin Records Holiday Specials. New Music Review will highlight selections from new album releases from a variety of styles.
Had the pleasure of again working with director Mike DeVore on his animated series, “Max and Friends.” The series has been brought over to the app Rizzle and the first 12 episodes will appear in the coming weeks. I always have a blast working on animation so looking forward to more projects with Mike and the team!
Once again I’ll be hosting the Origin Records Holiday Special on 88.5fm KNKX. Tune in to listen to two hours of jazz renditions of holiday classics as well some a sprinkling of seasonally appropriate originals!
You can listen in the Greater Seattle area on 88.5fm, or listen globally at knkx.org.
The shows airs:
Saturday, December 19 from 1:00 – 3:00pm (PST)
Friday, December 25 from Noon – 2:00pm (PST)
Listen to the promo:
Had the pleasure of writing some Holiday music for KCTS9 here in Seattle.
Currently airing Hanukkah and Christmas spots … with a Kwanzaa spot coming later in the month!
I had the pleasure of working with comedian Mike Devore on a couple of projects. We met working on Silas Lindenstein’s short film Sip and Style, then I helped him with some sound editing and additional music on his animated short The Greatest Battle. I was asked to do music for episode 5 of his animated series Max and Friends which was an absolute blast.
I feel fortunate to work with a great group of creatives here in Seattle. There will be more Max and Friends news in the future … until then, check out episode 5!
Finished another short film with director Silas Lindenstein. Sip and Style was shot over a weekend in early October as part of the Seattle 48-Hour Film Fest and will debut on Saturday, October 31 at 4:00pm.
You can buy a ticket here.
While on lockdown … my good friend (and MJ451 keyboardist) Ryan Burns wrote and recorded a new album which is available now in digital, CD or vinyl formats!
I had the pleasure of performing on three tracks (I also mixed one track). All the music, except one track, was recorded at home. For the track Shoreline we went to Jack Straw Studios and did a socially-distant session.
Thrilled to have again composed music for KCTS9 Seattle … this time the project was to revamp their station identity theme based on their new visual branding. The new package of music began airing in September 2020.
Late in 2019 I worked with my good friend Jeff McSpadden on the score for Generation Lockdown. As the film began the festival circuit I had a chance to go to Los Angeles and see it at the Rock The Shorts festival along with our director Sirad Balducci. That weekend in March was memorable for two reasons, one … the film won Best of Festival, and two … it was the last weekend before we began quarantine in Seattle.
Since then, the film is out on the film festival circuit now having been shown at NYC Independent Film Festival, Arizona Film Festival, Stonybrook Film Festival and more.