“Romance Language,” my 11th album on Origin Records, drops on November 16th. Look for it everywhere good music is sold! My previous albums showcase what I do in a live performance – taking risks and creating excitement. With this album, I’ve tired to explore the simple beauty of a well-played melody. Produced by the fabulous vibraphonist Joe Lock and pianist Ryan Cohan, the sonic backdrop they crated for me is out of this world. I hope you get a chance to check it out.
This past September I joined Orrin Evans and Captain Black Big Band for three days of joyful and rowdy music in New York, at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club and in Philadelphia at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. The band was celebrating the release of “Presence” on Smoke Session Records. If you don’t know the Captain Black Big Band – get hip!! I’ve had the great pleasure of playing with them off and on for over five years. It’s easily the most life-affirming music I have ever been a part of.
I’m grateful to be joining Spanish Harlem Orchestra on the northern leg of their 15th Anniversary tour:
June 21st – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 22nd – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 23rd – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 24th – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 25th – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 26th – Victoria International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 27th – TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 28th – Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 29th – TD. Ottawa Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 30th – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
For the first time in a few years, I’ve decided to form a new working band. For the next year, the Thomas Marriott Quintet will consist of Tim Kennedy (piano), Geoff Harper (bass), Dominic LeCouturier (drums), Rick Mandyck (saxophone) and yours truly. Check the calendar page for a full listing of our 2018 shows!
I’m delighted to be joining Orrin Evans at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philly for a two-night celebration of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday. Orrin’s band includes Reggie Watkins (trombone), Alexander Claffey (bass) and Chris Beck (drums). For more information – visit http://www.chrisjazzcafe.com/events/19861
Looking forward to my first appearance at the annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport Beach, Oregon. I’m playing Friday night with John Clayton, Russel Malone, Greta Matassa and Ryan Shaw. Saturday night I’ll be playing a tribute to Miles Davis with Mary Ann McSweeney, George Colligan and Christopher Brown. For more information click HERE.