Jazz Trumpet Player Thomas Marriott is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge on the national jazz scene in more than a decade. The seven-time Golden Ear Award winner is a skilled instrumentalist, composer and producer, always seeking to expand the boundaries of jazz music in all its forms.
After winning the prestigious Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1999, Marriott headed east from Seattle to New York where he gained initial acclaim through his work with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band. Marriott completed 3 world tours as the jazz soloist with Ferguson, then continued to work in New York and on the road with Rosemary Clooney, Joe Locke, The Tito Puente Orchestra, Brian Lynch, The Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Eric Reed, Les Brown and the Band of Renown, Kenny Kirkland, Charlie Hunter, Deltron 3030, Ivan Neville's Dumpsaphunk, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Steve Wilson, Ritchie Cole, Carl Allan, George Colligan, Orrin Evans and scores of others.
Aside from school, Thomas has only taken formal trumpet lessons with a few people. Thomas relates, "I took a few lessons with Laurie Frink on the Carmine Caruso method, which was very beneficial, and I still use those techniques all the time. I have sat through a lot of master classes with Bobby Shew, who is a fountain of knowledge on trumpet playing. I have tried to pick the brain of every trumpeter I meet to see what they are practicing and how they warm-up, etc. I use all the methods I can get my hands on, Clark, Schlossberg, Arbans, Concone, Irons, Stamp, Vizzuti, etc. I try to change up my routine everyday so that I don't get myself into any kind of rut. I try to spend 30 minutes to an hour in the morning getting warmed up by playing fundamental exercises out these methods. In the afternoon I try to spend as much time as I can working on learning tunes, scale patters, transcriptions, or working on whatever music needs attention that particular day. I don't teach lessons privately, but have been know to teach a clinic here and there."
Thomas has owned a lot of trumpets over the last 25 years. Thomas is currently a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs on a Yamaha YTR 8335G Xeno Professional Model trumpet. Thomas also uses Gary Radke Trumpet mouthpieces.
Thomas has always been a huge fan of Miles Davis. His albums are still a vital part of Thomas inspiration and influence. Thomas likes all the music Miles recorded, from all the different periods because they all have a similar aspect that Thomas really likes the elastic nature of the music. Thomas relates, "It's impossible to play the trumpet and not be influenced by all the great masters Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Woody Shaw, etc. etc. I also am very partial to Eddie Henderson, Randy Brecker, and Dave Douglas. "