Urban Folklore

Thomas Marriott and the Orrin Evans trio at the Royal Room.

Thomas Marriott and the Orrin Evans trio at the Royal Room.

Seattle-based trumpet player Thomas Marriott introduced a new suite of music at The Royal Room that is just mind-blowing. He was accompanied at the unveiling by Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Donald Edwards on drums. The quartet recorded Marriott’s tunes the next day for a CD, “Urban Folklore,” to be released on Origin Records.

The Royal Room, in Columbia City, which is nearby for me, was as packed as I’ve ever seen it. I’d also never seen a band earn a standing ovation and cries for an encore, in a venue like the Royal Room.

Needless to say, Marriott and company really turned it out.
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Performance Art: Jazz

Andy Clausen (left) looks on as Riley Mulherkar takes a solo on trumpet at the Royal Room.

Andy Clausen (left) looks on as Riley Mulherkar takes a solo on trumpet at the Royal Room.

I met a mother of a jazz drummer last night during the amazing performance by Thomas Marriott and Joe Locke at Tula’s and, as I was explaining my enthusiasm for photographing artists in performance, realized that a lot of my jazz work is not present on this blog. So I’m rectifying some of that.
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