David Marriott

Award-winning musician and educator David Marriott, Jr. is the premier jazz trombonist in the greater Seattle area. His playing is a cornerstone of such groups as Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz’s Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), Zubatto Syndicate, and The Right Wolf, as well as his own groups, Septology, Pop Culture, Triskaidekaband and Marriott Jazz Quintet. Described by one reviewer as a “canny and imaginative player whose solos display an extraordinary sense of architecture and conception”, award-winning trombonist David Marriott is a musician for the next generation – equally at home as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. David is co-leader, with brother Thomas, of the Marriott Jazz Quintet, which gained early acclaim for its first CD, “Open Season” (1997). The group was voted the Best Emerging Group by Earshot Jazz that same year, and Best Acoustic Jazz Group in 1999. David also received critical acclaim for his CD project “Septology: In The Beginning”, a seven-part jazz suite he composed for septet, based on the seven days of creation. Both “The High Country” – the second album from the Marriott Jazz Quintet – and “Septology: In the Beginning” garnered four stars from the prestigious All-Music Guide. His latest release in 2011 featured his quartet, Pop Culture.

David also has an illustrious performance background, having won the Eastern Trombone Workshop Jazz Soloist Competition in 1999. He is member of Seattle’s highly acclaimed Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the New York-based Brian Lynch Big Band. David has also been a regular member of the Port Townsend Jazz Festival all-star band, and has been a featured performer at the festival with the Marriott Jazz Quintet on numerous occasions. Other festival appearances include the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with Ray Vega’s Latin Jazz Sextet, Bumbershoot, DuMaurier Jazz, First Jazz Festival (Portland, OR), and Earshot Jazz Festival. With the Marriott Jazz Quintet, he has performed regularly at New York’s The Kavehaz, 55Bar and Detour, and throughout the Northwest. Now one of the busiest sidemen in the greater Seattle area, David can be seen regularly as a solo artist and sideman, particularly with his own groups: Pop Culture, a pianoless quartet with saxophonist Marc Fendel; Septology, a septet of four horns and rhythm section; Triskaidekaband, a thirteen-piece big band featuring compositions and arrangments by David.

David has been an active participant in the “recording process,” having appeared on over forty recordings with his trombone, and has also served as a producer and graphic designer on several occasions. In addition to his recordings with the Marriott Jazz Quintet and his own Septology and Pop Culture projects, David has worked with such artists as Stuart Dempster, Mark Taylor, Jim Knapp, Steve Korn, Seattle’s Young Lions, and saxophonist David Liebman. In other areas of the music business, David also continues to work as a copyist and/or arranger, with such clients as David Liebman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kenny Garrett, and Delfeayo Marsalis.

In addition to David’s work as a performer, he is a passionate educator, both as a private instructor and in the classroom. With experience teaching in public and private high school programs, summer jazz workshops, guest clinician appearances, Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division, and most recently at the University of Washington and Edmonds Community college, David works avidly to teach young musicians not only the mechanics and history involved in playing and learning about jazz music, but also how to find their own voice as an improviser, find their own path in the jazz tradition, and find their own, individual passion about jazz. David has also shared his experience and knowledge through dozens of articles he has authored in a variety of jazz and music publications, including the Practice This! column for Earshot Jazz.

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