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Matt Jorgensen


Since moving back to Seattle in 2002 after 10 years in New York City, Matt Jorgensen has been active in all aspects of the Seattle jazz scene. He has recorded four CD ’s with his group Matt Jorgensen +451 for Origin Records, and has toured extensively from New York to LA and in 2003 picked up an award for “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” by Earshot Jazz.

As a sideman he is frequently called on by an impressive list of musicians including Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Bill Mays, Vincent Herring, George Colligan, Reggie Workman, Tim Ries, Chuck Leavell and others.


Seen on The Scene

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Seen on the Scene (6:17) 2. Mating Call (5:44) 3. Theme from Love Story (8:31) 4. Thinker (5:51) 5. Coral Way (5:42) 6. If You Could See Me Now (2:41) 7. Force for Good (4:34) 8. Farewell (2:16) 9. If You Could See Me Now (6:49)


Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...


Article: Album Review

Rich Thompson: Who Do You Have to Know?

Read "Who Do You Have to Know?" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The title of drummer Rich Thompson's 2023 release is Who Do You Have To Know?. The answer to that: John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen, the team that runs the Origin and OA2 Records labels that boast prolific and consistently good outputs, featuring an array of well-known and a goodly number of not-so-well-known, but always interesting, often ...


It's Not Business, It's Personal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Miami Vince; Afterthought; The Presence of Absence; Kumasi; Gray Skies; Forward Motion; Modal Horizon; Nerds of Steel.


Seen on the Scene

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Seen on the Scene; Mating Call; Theme from Love Story; Thinker; Coral Way; If You Could See Me Now; Force for Good; Farewell; If You Could See Me Now.


Article: Album Review

Jim Knapp Orchestra: It's Not Business, It's Personal

Read "It's Not Business, It's Personal" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jim Knapp Orchestra's CD It's Not Business, It's Personal, recorded in February 2009, was set to be released on November 19, 2021—six days after Knapp died at age eighty-two in Kirkland, Washington. Apart from his role as bandleader, Knapp was a trumpeter, composer, arranger and longtime faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts in ...


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Gray Skies

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:10


Article: Live Review

East-West Trumpet Summit at Meydenbauer Center Theatre

Read "East-West Trumpet Summit at Meydenbauer Center Theatre" reviewed by Paul Rauch

East-West Trumpet Summit Meydenbauer Center Theatre Bellevue Blues & Jazz Festival Bellevue, WA October 9, 2021 Two trumpet quintets in jazz are rare, historically and presently. The alliances most commonly mentioned are the bop era tandem of Fats Navarro and Howard McGhee ...


Article: Album Review

Jared Hall: Seen on the Scene

Read "Seen on the Scene" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Seen on the Scene, Seattle-based trumpeter Jared Hall's second album as a leader, has a lot going for it: tight-knit group unity and tasteful dynamics; bright, technically polished solos by all hands; and engaging tunes by Hall and the late bop master, Tadd Dameron. As a bonus, the acclaimed alto saxophonist Vincent Herring is “on the ...


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