News and Updates

Tribute to Chick Corea

POSTED ON February 21, 2021

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.

 

New Music Review on KNKX 88.5fm

POSTED ON January 05, 2021

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.

Scoring animated series, “Max and Friends”

POSTED ON January 05, 2021

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!

The 2020 Origin Records Holiday Special

POSTED ON December 21, 2020

Origin Records Holiday Show

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:

 

 

Holiday Music for KCTS9

POSTED ON December 21, 2020

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!

Music for Max and Friends

POSTED ON December 21, 2020

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!

New film: Sip and Style

POSTED ON October 26, 2020

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.

Quarantine Album Released

POSTED ON October 02, 2020

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.

Order the album here!

New theme music for KCTS9

POSTED ON September 22, 2020

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.

Generation Lockdown on the film circuit

POSTED ON September 19, 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.

Live stream from my patio

POSTED ON August 14, 2020

Update: Fun patio concert … click the “Watch Now” button below to watch an archive of the show.

New MOTOTREK episodes

POSTED ON June 13, 2020

The MOTOTREK crew has slowed started up production and two new episodes premiered this month. I had a chance to write a couple of cool opening tracks:


Concert with Lage Lund

POSTED ON May 15, 2020

KNKX 88.5fm captured this performance with the Lage Lund Trio at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival.

Guide to Online Streaming

POSTED ON March 28, 2020

A couple weeks ago I authored The Origin Records Guide to Online Streaming and Best Practices. It has now been picked up as an article on All About Jazz.com.

With the Coronavirus upending our lives over the last couple months, finding ways to replace lost income has become vital to many of us—not to mention connection to community and just the act of MAKING MUSIC.

With Seattle being an original hot spot for the virus, our community had to move fast in finding ways to stay connected. As a Seattle drummer and record label partner, the need to create concepts and protocols seemed urgent, so I put together a basic tutorial to present a live stream concert.

From the most simplistic set-up, to multi-camera shoots with studio quality sound, musicians are moving quickly to find their voice in this situation. For all of those and others looking to get started, this tutorial provides some basic tips and strategies that can get you started or act as a reminder for some easily overlooked basics.

Read The Article on AllAboutJazz.com >

Theme for KUOW’s Seattle Now

POSTED ON March 03, 2020

Excited to announce that KUOW’s new daily podcast, Seattle Now, is now available on all major podcasting platforms … I wrote the theme music as well as the outro music and stingers.

Seattle Now is a daily rundown of what’s happening in the Northwest in about 15 minutes. It is available every weekday at 6:00am.

Download Seattle Now:

Winter 2020 Updates

POSTED ON January 28, 2020

Hello all … just a few updates on recent activities.

December 2019 was a jam-packed month of composing. I delivered another music package to KCTS9 in Seattle for all of their Holiday promos. It was a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

I wrapped the score for a short film entitled Remembering Max (directed by Jason McRuer) which is starting the film festival submission world this month.

Wore multiple hats on the film Generation Lockdown (directed by Sirad Balducci). Working with my longtime friend and composer Jeff McSpadden, I did the orchestrations, handled the recording of live strings in Seattle and did a bit of additional composing. Again, this film is in the mix for up-coming film festivals so more info to come.

Composed music for corporate film for South Puget Sound 911 which was directed by my good friend Tim Tyler … and speaking of Tim Tyler, his MOTOTREK show continues to roll along (pun intended) with over 70 episodes and more scheduled for this year. Always a pleasure to score it … and it has now been viewed over 10 million times which blows my mind.

This month I was able to spend a few days in Los Angeles taking a couple meetings, enjoying the sunshine, and spending a day at NAMM … one day was enough for me!

Coming up in 2020 … have a couple jazz gigs as a bandleader coming up. Continuing to score a couple of short documentary projects, new music KCTS9 and just completed some music for a, as of now, yet-to-be-announced radio show.

Stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks!

Cheers,
MJ

Recording at Studio X for new film

POSTED ON November 10, 2019

Had my first chance to record at the *new* Studio X this week. I did some orchestrations and conducted some cues for an upcoming short film working with my longtime friend Jeff McSpadden. First time working with David Sabee and his team from Seattle Music … and always great to work with Reed Ruddy and Andrew Ching from Studio X!

Score for “Masterpiece”

POSTED ON October 28, 2019

Had a fun time working on the score with the team from Lorayne Girard Cinematics for their film “Masterpiece” which was part of the Seattle 48 Hour Horror Film project.

The film screened at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on October 28th and again for the finals on November 6.

New KCTS music in support of “Country Music”

POSTED ON September 09, 2019

If you tune in to KCTS9 in the Pacific Northwest you might catch the promos for Ken Burns’ new documentary “Country Music.” The two spots currently airing feature my original music which was part of a new promo package of underscore music and station ID themes.

I had the pleasure of screening a few scenes from the film in July and I’m looking forward to watching all the episodes beginning September 15th!

Music for KCTS9 in support of Ken Burns’ “Country Music”

POSTED ON July 25, 2019

In July I was able to attend a screening of excerpts from Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music which will air in September.

I again had the opportunity to work with KCTS9 to compose music for some of the promotional spots and local short-stories which will air in the Seattle-area in conjunction with the broadcast of Country Music. Look for them to start airing in the next few weeks on KCTS9.

Really inspiring night watching the film surrounded by people committed to Public Television.

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