Les DeMerle
Comin' Home Baby
(ORIGIN 82712)
Marcos Varela
San Ygnacio
(ORIGIN 82711)
Scott Reeves
Portraits and Places
(ORIGIN 82710)
Ark Ovrutski
(ORIGIN 82709)
Carlos Vega
Bird's Ticket
(ORIGIN 82708)
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott
Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit
(ORIGIN 82707)
Florian Hoefner
(ORIGIN 82706)
Roxy Coss
Restless Idealism
(ORIGIN 82705)
David Friesen and Glen Moore
(ORIGIN 82704)
Tom Collier
Across the Bridge
(ORIGIN 82703)
Emma Larsson
Sing To the Sky
(ORIGIN 82702)
Geof Bradfield
Our Roots
(ORIGIN 82701)
Ben Paterson
For Once In My Life
(ORIGIN 82700)
John Wojciechowski
(ORIGIN 82699)
Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach
(ORIGIN 82698)
Tad Britton
(ORIGIN 82697)



Coming up in January is the long-awaited debut release from this New York City swing band, and already the press is pouring in. Leader, vocalist and composer Svetlana Shmulyian has a fascinating life story which is covered in this interview.

Check it out and then buy a pre-release copy of Night At The Speakeasy now!


Lots of great airplay coming in for Origin and OA2 titles over the last several months, with Nick Finzer's The Chase (still in the Top 60 after 7 months at radio and 16 weeks in the Top 40!) leading the way. Ben Paterson's organ trio debut, For Once In My Life has been in the Top 60 for 2 months, and more recently, Tom Collier 's Across the Bridge with Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell, shot up into the Top 50 in it's 2nd week at radio and is getting widespread play across the country.

Legendary Bassists Record Together

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. Street date is November 20th, but look for it on sale here at the beginning of October.

Gail Pettis Tours Russia

Seattle vocalist Gail Pettis recently completed her second stellar tour of Russia over the last year. Playing to sold-out houses throughout central Russia, Pettis is developing material for her third recording in time for her next tour in Spring 2016.

New Release From Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach

With the amazing reception Laurie Antonioli received for her 2014 release, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: Music of Joni Mitchell, (including from Joni herself!), she decided to follow up with something entirely different. Rekindling a duo relationship she's carried on with master pianist Richie Beirach over the last 25 years, Varuna reveals the exhilarating musical empathy they've developed over that time. As Stereoplay magazine said about their last collaboration, "The delicacies created by (Beirach and Antonioli) are simply extraordinary." Varuna hits stores on September 18th.

Sarah Partridge featured in the New York Times

Vocalist/composer Sarah Partridge's new recording I Never Thought I'd Be Here is hitting the streets in mid-March (available on our site now!).

Her first on Origin and the first featuring all original compositions is featured in a write-up in the New York Times.

Aaron Lington selected as a "2015 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate"

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 in More Magazine

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!

The Endless Mysteries reviewed in the New York Times

New York Times' Nate Chinen called George Colligan's Origin Records debut, "One of the finer piano trio albums of 2013."

Our suggestion: Read the review and then buy the CD.

Dave Slonaker receives Grammy Nomination

Los Angeles composer and arranger Dave Slonaker's debut Big Band recording, Intrada, has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category.

Also nominated were a couple of other Origin family members on recent projects for other labels - Kim Richmond and Chris Walden. Congratulations to all of them, and don't miss the Grammy Awards telecast, Sunday, January 26th.

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).


Upcoming Events:

June 11, 2016: David Friesen
Solaes Jazz Restaurant, Portland (9 PM)
1801 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 {map it}
David Friesen’s Quintet:, , David Friesen - bass, , John Gross - tenor, , Tim Willcox - tenor, , Dan Gaynor - piano, , Charlie Doggett - drums

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June 12, 2016: Ark Ovrutski Quintet
Fat Cat, New York (9 PM)
75 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014 {map it}
(212) 675-6056
Michael Thomas-sax, Hillel Salem-trp, James Francies-piano, Jason Brown-drums, Ark Ovrutski-bass

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June 16, 2016: David Friesen
No Ho’s Hawaiian Cafe, Portland (6:30 PM)
4627 Northeast Fremont Street,
Portland, OR 97213 {map it}
David Friesen - bass, , Tim Willcox - tenor , , Charlie Doggett - drums

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June 17, 2016: Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn (9:30 PM)
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215 {map it}

Scott Reeves - conductor, alto flugelhorn, Jon Gordon, Vito Chiavuzzo, Rob Middleton, Tim Armacost, Terry Goss - saxes, Seneca Black, Nathan Eklund, Dave Smith, Andy Gravish - trumpets, Tim Sessions, Matt McDonald, Matt Haviland, Max Seigel - bone, Jim Ridl - piano, Todd Coolman - bass, Andy Watson - drums
After years of writing for Dave Liebman's Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band, and the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, brassman/composer Scott Reeves launched his own 16-piece jazz orchestra in 2008. Their 2016 debut release, “Portraits and Places,” features seven Reeves originals, along with his arrangement of Jobim’s, “Waters of March”. He has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz described as "varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings."
YouTube links:
“The Soulful Mr. Williams” - https://youtu.be/SZJ1LTFQmqg
“Wants to Dance” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muhty37TUOA
“Osaka June” https://youtu.be/phOloFYivlM

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June 18, 2016: DARIA
The Sound Room, Oakland (8pm PM)
2147 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 {map it}
Daria, Vocals, Jonathan Alford, Piano, Dan Feiszli, Bass, Deszon Claiborne, Drums
Daria's East Bay CD Release Party for 'Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles'!

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