Origin Records presented their Second Annual Holiday Special which aired on Christmas Eve on KNKX 88.5fm (Seattle) and streamed worldwide.
Albums featured on the show included:
Winter: An Origin Records Holiday Collection
The Cool Season: An Origin Records Holiday Collection, Vol. 2
Greta Matassa, And to All a Good Night
Don Lanphere, Year 'Round Christmas
Les DeMerle, The Jazz Spirit of Christmas
Nathan Eklund, Crafty Christmas
Tim Green, Change Of Seasons
Chad McCullough, Abstract Quantities
Seattle Repertory Jazz OrchestraSacred Music of Duke Ellington
Jon Hamar, Hymn
The story of a Harvard-educated Orthodontist giving it all up to become a singular jazz vocalist was enough for an editor at Oprah's "O" Magazine, who immediately got on the phone with our own Gail Pettis.
For the 9th consecutive year, Origin has been nominated for JazzWeek's "Label of the Year" (winning it in 2009), with winners announced during the annual JazzWeek Summit at the San Jose Jazz Festival in August. Sharing the nomination ballot with Blue Note, Highnote, Posi-Tone, Smoke Sessions and Mack Avenue...we couldn't be more proud!
NPR's resident jazz critic, Kevin Whitehead, reviewed and presented music from Dan Cray's new release Outside In on Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" on July 18th, causing it to rocket up to #5 on Amazon's top selling jazz album chart the same day. Radio still works! Check out the broadcast here.
Recorded at New York’s famed Sear Sound with master producer Matt Pierson, Danny brought together his five year-old trio, along with a string quartet, to interpret eleven new compositions, each shaped by elements of his life’s narrative.
Keep your eyes posted here throughout the fall for the large and great slate of new recordings coming up the pike, including new music from longtime Origin/OA2 artists: Afro Bop Alliance, Tim Davies Big Band, David Friesen, John Moulder, Clay Giberson, Tom Collier , Clark Sommers, and new artists: Jason Hainsworth, Emi Meyer, Gustavo Cortinas, Mamutrio, Shawn Maxwell, Gwen Dease, and more!
After spending many weeks on the national airplay charts from August 2015 through January 2016, Nick Finzer's The Chase is still high on JazzWeek's 52-week chart, clocking in at #27 over the last year.
Recently back from dates in Australia, he can be seen performing around New York with his groups and the Anat Cohen Tentet.
David Friesen and Glen Moore, two of the more influential bassists in jazz, recently teamed for a tour through Europe concluding with their 3rd duo recording over the last 40 years. Add the decade between their initial meeting up in Seattle in the '60s before their first recording, 1977's In Concert (Vanguard), and the total time they've been working together comes to 50 years. Named for the two-humped camel native to the steppes of central Asia, Bactrian offers ample new proof that these old friends continue to take great glee in surprising and challenging each other, their listeners, and themselves.
Baritone saxophonist, composer and OA2 Records artist Aaron Lington was selected as a "2015 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate" by the arts organization Silicon Valley Creates.
He was recognized in the "Off Stage" category which celebrates his achievements as a composer and arranger.
This is the 25th year of the Silicon Valley Artist Laureate program and places Lington among 140 of the best artists in Silicon Valley from the last quarter century.
Gail Pettis is featured in October's MORE Magazine. Gail is profiled under the heading "Freeing Your Inner Artist" in the issue that's available on every newsstand in the country, now!