Thank you Downbeat Readers!
Origin Records is humbled to be honored by the readers of Downbeat Magazine in their annual Readers Poll. Origin was voted #8 in the Record Label category nearby iconic labels such as Blue Note, ECM, Verve and Concord.
Guitarist Bobby Broom's new CD, Upper West Side Story, was #31 in the Top 50 for Jazz Album of the Year and Origin artists Joe Locke, Jim McNeely, Anne Drummond and Sam Yahel also made appearances for their respective instruments.
Pick up a copy of the December 2013 issue of Downbeat on newsstands everywhere.
Origin Records Online Radio Episode 30
Episode #30 of Origin Records Online Radio is now online at YouTube.
The episode is an interview with trumpeter Chad McCullough and talks about his up-coming shows and recent recordings Imaginary Sketches and The Sky Cries.
To receive Origin Records Online Radio via iTunes, click here.
Lone Prairie now available on vinyl
Corey Christiansen's newest recording, Lone Prairie, is now available on vinyl in addition to CD and digital. KIOS radio has called it, "a richly satisfying experience where guitarist Corey Christiansen makes the strongest statement of his career this far."
Pick up your copy today direct from Origin Records (which is cheaper than Amazon.com).
Origin artists at the Earshot Jazz Festival
Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival continues through November 17th, with concerts throughout the city. Here are a few upcoming concerts featuring Origin artists. Visit www.earshot.org for the complete schedule.
Oct. 18/19 - George Colligan Organ Trio
Oct. 24 - Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen
Nov. 1 - Cuong Vu with Bill Frisell & Robin Holcomb
Nov. 1 - Marc Seales Group
Nov. 2/3 - Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Nov. 3 - The Kora Band
Nov. 9 - Cuong Vu Trio
Nov. 14 - Bill Anschell Trio
Deep Blue Organ Trio continue to tour
After wrapping up their months-long tour with Steely Dan, the Deep Blue Organ Trio strikes out on their own for a few gigs this month:
Oct. 15/16 - Dizzy's, NYC
Oct. 19 - Jazz Goes to Town Fest, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Oct. 27 - Festival Internacional Cervantino, Mexico
Origin/OA2 Artists On Tour
HAL GALPER TRIO
Oct. 26 - University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Oct. 28 - University of Central Oklahoma, Edmonds, OK
Oct. 31 - University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Nov. 1 - University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
CHAD MCCULLOUGH & BRAM WEIJTERS GROUP
Nov. 6/8 - GG Jazz Festival, Krasnodar, Russia
Oct. 18 - Syrnau, Zwettl
Oct. 19 - Zehntscheuer, Ravensburg
Oct. 21 - Dumont, Aachen
Oct. 22 - Sounds Jazz Club, Brussels
Oct. 23 - Moments, Bremen
Oct. 24 - Dexter, Odense
Oct. 25 - B-Flat, Berlin
Oct. 26 - Gasthaus Wiese (Jazz im Wendland), Trebel
Oct. 27 - Jazzclub, Gelnhausen
TODD BISHOP GROUP
Nov. 12 - Hot Club De Gand, Ghent
Nov. 13 - Jazz Station, Brussels
Nov. 15 - Blues-sphere, Liege
Nov. 16 - Appeltuin Jazz, Leuven
Nov. 17 - Hannut Jazz, Hannut
Nov. 18 - Dumont's, Aachen
Nov. 19 - Liquid, Luxembourg
Nov. 20 - Rideau Rouge, Lasne
Nov. 23 - Lokerse Jazzklub, Lokeren
Nov. 24 - Flamingo, Brussels
Joel Miller's "Swim" wins Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year at Juno Awards
Since the release of Swim last April, Joel Miller has been cleaning up on the awards in Canada.
First, in January, Swim was named Jazz Recording of the Year at Halifax's 25th Annual East Coast Music Awards, and now the biggie - the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. It was also named 2012's Top Canadian Jazz Release by the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper. Congratulations Joel!
2013 Ballard Jazz Festival Wrap-up
The 2013 Ballard Jazz Festival
is now one for the ages. Concluding on Saturday with a sold-out concert by Gary Bartz and Lew Soloff (and a much-needed after party!), the festival saw a healthy increase in artists, sponsors, and crowds, making for a truly rousing time. Thanks to all involved who continue to make the festival possible, and we'll see you next year!
Origin at JazzAhead, Bremen
With a quick turnaround from the festival, we're off to Germany for the Jazzahead conference and festival. A great opportunity to hook up with our European distributors and media friends, we also get a chance to spend time with our geographically distant artists, including Amit Friedman
from Israel, the New York-based German pianist Florian Hoefner
and the Copenhagen-based New York saxophonist Marc Bernstein
ORIGIN / OA2 ARTISTS IN CHINA
Origin artists Dave Glenn, Richard Sussman, Dan Gailey & Gary Hobbs joined the great Eric Marienthal and several others to present concerts and workshops at the First China Jazz Education Festival in Shanghai. Organized by Dr. Gene Aitken with support from Jamey Aebersold, the festival brought together 25,000+ students from conservatories around the country, and over 100 educators attended special training seminars on how to develop jazz programs at their schools.
ORIGIN ARTISTS MAKE DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL
Bobby Broom, guitar
Deep Blue Organ Trio, rising star Jazz Group
Chris Foreman, rising star organ
Cuong Vu, rising star trumpet
Sam Yahel, organ / keyboard / rising star keyboard
Ira Sullivan, flute
Joe Locke, vibes
Giacomo Gates, vocals
Dana Hall, rising star drums
CHRIS WALDEN'S BUSY TIME
Besides his own recordings on Origin and Origin Classical Records, Chris Walden is one of the most active composer/arranger/conductors in Los Angeles. Just a few things he's been involved in recently include: arrangements for Arturo Sandoval's new big band album "Dear Diz" on Concord Records; arranging and conducting for Matthew Morrison's upcoming album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone; arranged and conducted for upcoming albums by Keith Harkin and Rod Stewart, both produced by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag; for Sony Classical UK, he arranged and conducted an album in London with classical saxophonist Amy Dickson, produced by James McMillan; he conducted two scores by composer Ed Shearmur for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3," and "Spinning Plates" for the movie "Journey 2: Mysterious Island" that came out earlier this year. If that weren't enough, he wrote recent orchestral arrangements for the Boston Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, and Michael Bolton's symphony tour in Australia. Be sure to check out (and buy!) Walden's critically acclaimed recordings here.
Bobby Broom hits #1 on CMJ Chart
Guitarist Bobby Broom's new release Upper West Side Story has been atop the CMJ Jazz Chart for two weeks.
Broom was featured on the homepage of All About Jazz. The article profiles Bobby career from his teenage years playing with pianist Al Haig and saxophone legend Sonny Rollins, to his current recordings on Origin Records both as a solo artist and with Deep Blue Organ Trio.