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Jose Martinez

Jose has been playing drums professionally since 1990. He was very active in the Seattle jazz scene from 1996 to 2016, performing with various local artists in the Emerald City.

Jose recieved his education at the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in music.

He now resides in the city of Chicago, Illinois where you can find him performing nightly with Teatro Zinzanni.


Article: Album Review

Bill Anschell: Improbable Solutions

Read "Improbable Solutions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most fans of Seattle-based pianist Bill Anschell will not see this one coming. His comfort zone on his own recordings has been as a mainstream acoustic jazz artist, on albums like Shifting Standards (2018), a piano trio affair, Rumbler (2017) and Figments (2011), a solo piano outing. All of these were released on Origin Records.


Song of the Day


Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:34


Article: Album Review

Bill Anschell: Improbable Solutions

Read "Improbable Solutions" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist and composer Bill Anschell has made his mark in jazz as a distinctive pianist with a notable body of work. His time in Atlanta, and his extensive residency in Seattle, has produced ten recordings as a leader or co-leader, and a well-deserved following on live dates with two distinctive trios, plus his “Rumbler" band. His ...


Improbable Solutions

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Ambulator; Nimbus; Gentle Persuasion; Naked Truth; Is This Thing Even On?; Hidden Nobility; The Following Week; Abandoned; Outburst.


Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Bill Anschell

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Bill Anschell" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in ...


Article: Interview

Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention

Read "Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bill Anschell strikes me as a man with boundless curiosity. You perceive this in conversation, in his sense of humor, the patient manner in which he listens on and off the bandstand. You sense it in his inventive compositions, the rhythmic complexity, and the musical conception that lyrically imprints an authentic sense of melody. His work ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Anschell: Rumbler

Read "Rumbler" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle's eclectic jazz scene has produced a long line of significant voices that have impacted the music on a national and international level. Bill Anschell, as a pianist and composer certainly falls into that category that has produced the likes of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and presently, trumpeter Thomas Marriott. His new Origin Records ...


News: Recording

New Origin Records CD By Pianist/Composer Bill Anschell, "Rumbler," Set For January 20 Release

New Origin Records CD By Pianist/Composer Bill Anschell, "Rumbler," Set For January 20 Release

One of the most valuable players in jny: Seattle’s thriving jazz scene, pianist Bill Anschell is a prolific composer and adept arranger who’s explored those aspects of his craft since debuting on disc 20 years ago. His new Origin Records CD, Rumbler, which will be released January 20, is Anschell’s ninth album as a leader and ...



Label: Odd Bird Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Birds; June Bug; Humility; P.I.P; Turbulence; Blues for Hadley; Slip Away.


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