Jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Thomas Marriott is a veteran of the national jazz scene who’s earned seven Golden Ear awards, produced 11 albums as a leader for Origin Records, and toured with greats like Maynard Ferguson and Roy McCurdy, as well as contemporary jazz artists Orrin Evans and Joe Locke.
The 1999 winner of the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition, Marriott is a true but subtle innovator with a luxuriously round tone, a unique sense of spontaneous and poignant melody, and a penchant for melancholic compositions that evoke an introspective mood. Marriott’s undeniable talent and versatility is the culmination of years of performance with some of the most well-respected names in music.
Most recently, while on tour with the world-renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Marriott was the first to step on stage to the cheers of 30,000 fans. “It was so loud my ears hurt,” Marriott said. “But I felt absolutely no fear—only excited and grateful.” This attitude—of dedication, passion, and fearlessness— is what distinguishes Marriott as one of the freshest trumpeters in jazz music today.
On the heels of his win of the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition, Marriott moved to New York City where he gained unparalleled experience and national acclaim subbing with groups like the Tito Puente Orchestra, Chico O’Farrill Orchestra, and most notably, Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band—whom he joined for three world tours as a jazz soloist. Since, Marriott has continued to work in New York and on the road with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Ivan Neville, Eric Reed, Steve Wilson, Charlie Hunter, Brian Lynch, Michael Feinstein, and many more.
Marriott returned to his native Seattle in 2004 and has since released 11 albums for Origin Records, three of which made the top-ten on national jazz radio airplay charts, including the 2009 release East-West Trumpet Summit, which made it all the way to number one. Marriott’s music has also been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and has gained critical praise world-wide, including the 2010 release Constraints and Liberations which garnered 4 ½ stars in Downbeat Magazine.
Alongside his profound experience on-stage and in the studio, Marriott also works in the local jazz community as a catalyst and advocate. Marriott has served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Board of Directors of Earshot Jazz, produced albums for Seattle-based artists like saxophonist Hadley Caliman and trumpeter Ray Vega, and is the featured soloist with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
His most recent release, Romance Language, was released on Origin records in 2018 and features vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist Ryan Cohen, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop. The album is a silvery and dynamic web; a stunning example of Marriott’s knack for boundary-pushing with finesse, evolving live performance into a polished studio experience, and contributing mightily to larger musical conversations being had in jazz today.