After winning the highly regarded Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1999, jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Thomas Marriott moved to New York City where he earned 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 returning to his native Seattle in 2004, 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.
Marriott has released 11 albums for Origin Records, three of which made the top-ten on national jazz radio airplay charts, including the 2009 release East-West Trumpet Summit, which made it all the way to number one. Marriott’s music has also been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and has gained critical praise world-wide, including the 2010 release Constraints and Liberations which garnered 4 ½ stars in Downbeat Magazine.
Born in Minneapolis, bassist Jeff Johnson left his home town at age 20, spending time in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Oklahoma City, San Diego, Austin, and Los Angeles before settling in Seattle in 1990. He has worked with a veritable who's who of great jazz musicians, including Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Lew Tabackin, Eddie Daniels, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Billy Hart, Annie Ross, George Cables, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditti, Ernestine Anderson, and Michael Wolfe, Jack Walrath, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, Houston Person, Joe Locke, Jessica Williams and more.
Jeff has won multiple Golden Ear awards. In addition to being an in-demand sideman in Seattle, he continues to lead various small ensembles, and regularly tours with pianist Hal Galper and vocalist Karin Allyson.
This 1915 gorgeous unique walnut Steinway Model O has been refinished in November 2014 with a perfect Steinway style finish, including recently restrung with all new strings, hammers, and keytops.