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Thomas Marriott - Jazz Trumpet Player
of Seattle, Washington

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Thomas Marriott - Jazz Trumpet Players latest release "Urban Folklore"

Thomas Marriott - Ballad Jazz Festival Allstars "Both Sides of the Fence"

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.

Marriott's diverse interests and skills are reflected in the range and success of his albums. Since 2004, Thomas has produced eight albums as a leader for Origin Records. Three of his albums have 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. His albums have been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" and have gained critical acclaim world-wide, including the 2010 release "Constraints and Liberations" which garnered 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Thomas' ninth album, "Urban Folklore," was released in 2014 and features Orrin Evans, Eric Revis and Donald Edwards. This album was the editor's pick in Jazz Times' January 2015 issue.

Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Thomas continues to perform on the stages of the world's greatest jazz clubs and concert halls, as a leader and alongside the top names in jazz. The Seattle native is featured on more than 100 recordings with musicians of all genres and styles. Thomas has produced albums for a number of artists including saxophonist Hadley Caliman and trumpeter Ray Vega. He 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. Since his return to Seattle in 2004 he has been the featured trumpet soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and has been a catalyst on the Seattle jazz scene.

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. "

Aside from trumpet players, Thomas enjoys McCoy Tyner, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Weather Report, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Steve Grossman, Conrad Herwig, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum and a host of others.

Thomas Marriott Discography At CD Universe

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