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John Bishop


“One can hear many influences in Bishop’s playing, including more than a touch of Elvin, but he is clearly an original voice…” - Percussive Notes As a drummer, educator, record label owner, graphic designer, publisher, and festival presenter, John Bishop has been one of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for 40 years. He has performed in concerts and clubs with Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Jack Sheldon, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Fortune, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Jerry Bergonzi, Carla Bley, Ernestine Anderson, Larry Coryell, and countless others


Live at Boxley’s

Label: Records DK
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. I Hear a Rhapsody 2. Bemsha Swing 3. Freebie 4. Body & Soul 5. Footprints


Variable Clouds: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tilbury Hill; Trudge; When Jasper Grows Up; Companions; Lonely Blue Angel; Variable Clouds; It's Easy to Remember; Studio City; Witchi Tai To.


Article: Album Review

Scenes: Variable Clouds: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Read "Variable Clouds: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The group Scenes has released seven excellent albums over two decades of recording together, beginning with their eponymous debut (Origin Records, 2001). All of those are studio efforts. The group's 2022 outing, Variable Clouds is a first for Scenes--their first album recorded live in front of an audience, in 2021 at the Earshot Jazz Festival.


Song of the Day

Tilbury Hill

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 07:44


Article: Interview

Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities

Read "Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Idit Shner, a saxophonist from Israel based in jny: Eugene, Oregon, has a wide range of musical influences in the projects she has recorded. Her albums have been published on OA2 Records and Origin Classical and have something to offer for any listener. Grounded in the jazz traditions, she has kept reinventing herself musically, so that ...


Article: Album Review

Hal Galper Trio: Invitation To Openness

Read "Invitation To Openness" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Hall Galper turned away from the life of touring in 2000, and eased into “the shed," to work on some innovative ideas that would change the shape of the piano trio. Rubato is where he went--a style of playing that stretches time, making it flexible, unpredictable and free. It takes special trio mates to assist ...


Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...


News: Website

Celebrating Origin Records at All About Jazz

Celebrating Origin Records at All About Jazz

Origin Records is a Seattle-based independent jazz label, run for musicians by musicians. Their expansive catalog over sibling labels Origin & OA2 Records, covers a wide range of jazz from an international collection of 370 artists. All About Jazz interviewed the founders John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen in 2018 and you can read their story here. ...


Article: Album Review

John Stowell / Dan Dean: Rain Painting

Read "Rain Painting" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist John Stowell has spent two decades recording for Seattle's Origin records, collaborating with artists such as saxophonists Dave Liebman and Michael Zilber, drummer John Bishop, bassist Jeff Johnson and guitarist Ulf Bandgren. His work with the band Scenes—with Bishop and Johnson, and (twice) saxophonist Rick Mandyck—is particularly noteworthy. Bassist Dan Dean—with a sparser discography than ...


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