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.
I’m very excited to announce the beginning of a new project with Joe Locke and Ryan Cohan! Over the last few years I’ve been trying to record an album of music in which the primary focus is on melody. The concept of the album wasn’t to make a “ballads” album (though there are ballads), and not to make a “with strings” record, (though there are strings, too.) I wanted to make an album where the focus was on beautiful melody, pure and simple. My hopes are that the album is a much needed oasis of tranquility to balance the times we live in and the struggles we endure. Thanks to the incredible talents of Joe and Ryan, this project has taken it’s first steps to becoming a reality. This week we recorded 10 tunes in a single session at Avast Studios with the help of John Bishop and Jeff Johnson. I’m excited for this to be completed, and can’t wait to share it with you.