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Thomas Marriott

Thomas Marriott Biography

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.

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Thomas Marriott’s trumpet sound is as lush and inviting as it comes.”

Chris Robinson, Downbeat

“Marriott’s extended solo emphasizes his deep, confidant tone and liquid phrasing.”

Mark Holston, Jazziz

“This album [Crazy: The Music Of Willie Nelson] is a kick in the pants!”

Jazz Times Magazine

“One of the best trumpet players in the world”

Thomas Conrad

“Serious chops and a luxuriant sound”

Downbeat Magazine

“…Marriott is a brilliant player with chops to spare…”

Victoria Times-Colonist

“Marriott is a man for all seasons both as a composer and band leader.”

Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

“Marriott goes beyond his influences to forge his own stunning path.”

David Kane, Cadence

“…deep, confidant tone and liquid phrasing…”

Jazziz Magazine

“Highly recommended to one and all.”

Cadence Magazine

“His rise as a first choice trumpeter has been steady, almost meteoric.”

Audiophile Audition

“Marriott’s trumpet sound is as solid as it is round

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Trumpet Ship

Origin Records


The Intangible Between

Smoke Sessions Records


Earth on Fire

House Records


The Cool Season

Origin Records


Romance Language

Origin Records


Urban Folklore

Origin Records


Song For Samuel

From: Trumpet Ship
By Thomas Marriott


From: Romance Language
By Thomas Marriott


From: Human Spirit
By Thomas Marriott


From: Constraints & Liberations
By Thomas Marriott

Pelham Gardens

From: East-West Trumpet Summit
By Thomas Marriott

Circadian Rhythms

From: Flexicon
By Thomas Marriott

Sing We Now of Christmas

From: The Cool Season
By Thomas Marriott

Both Sides Of The Fence

From: Both Sides Of The Fence
By Thomas Marriott



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