About Origin



Our Story

We are a Seattle-based independent jazz label, run for musicians by musicians. Our fundamental goals are simple: to provide a home for our artists' ongoing work as their careers and musical voices evolve, and to introduce our customers (and ourselves!) to new and refreshingly unexpected music, while maintaining an uncompromised artistic quality. Celebrating our 23rd year in 2020, we release two to three dozen new recordings a year and represent over 300 artists across the Origin, OA2, Origin Classical, and now Origin World labels.

A huge part of our focus and success lies in the collaborative efforts of the many artists we serve and partner with. Teaming with artistic communities from around the world - Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, New York City & San Francisco, for instance - our artists have a hand in curating the labels by bringing in fellow musicians who they feel would enhance the label and their own musical statements. The result is a cohesive catalog with a wide range of articulation: from some of the great modern Big Band composers, to producer/bassist Jonas Tauber's world of creative improvised music - the "Zurich Series" - to "modern mainstream" projects which make up a bulk of the catalog. Works from some great pioneers of jazz are included - Don Lanphere, Jessica Williams, Benny Powell, Hal Galper, Doug Hamilton to name a few - whose recordings reflect decades of collaborations and provide a grounding and perspective to our more contemporary offerings.

Started less than 2 years after the term "internet" was defined and designated, Matt's attendant establishment of our online presence enabled us to leverage digital promotion and distribution as a means to enter the global marketplace. Partnering with other internet startups, we built relationships that are still strong today. The collaboration between All About Jazz in Philadelphia and Jazz Steps in Seattle resulted in the All About Jazz/Seattle, a newspaper we published for 4 years which later forged SeattleJazzScene.com. We've also presented the thriving annual 4-day Ballard Jazz Festival since 2003. Overall, our partnerships with industry players -musicians, club owners, writers, presenters, DJ's, publicists, printers, engineers and studios - have provided us with an extensive base for ongoing opportunities in music and with community outreach.

Origin In The Press

ALL ABOUT JAZZ FEATURE (2018): Origin Records: Creating Opportunities And Community

JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (2019): JAZZ HEROS AWARDS

SEATTLE TIMES (2019): Ballard Jazz Festival celebrates Seattle's vibrant jazz scene and 20th anniversary of "Speakin' Out" album

SEATTLE TIMES (2009): Seattle's Origin Records named JazzWeek's Label of the Year

SEATTLE TIMES (2007): Origin Records celebrates 10 years with jaunty Walk

SEATTLE TIMES (2002): Small label, big noise: Ballard's Origin Records drumming up national interest

Our Brands

Origin Properties


Who We Are

John Bishop

John Bishop / Drummer

Origin Founder / CD COVER DESIGNER / FEARLESS LEADER

Origin founder John Bishop has been one of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for 30 years. He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Sonny Fortune, Bobby Hutcherson, Tom Harrell, Larry Coryell, Jon Faddis, Charles McPherson, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Joe Locke, Hal Galper, Jessica Williams, and countless others. {Origin Artist Page}


Matt Jorgensen

Matt Jorgensen / Drummer

'NUMBER TWO' / WEB DESIGNER / FATHER OF FUTURE CLARINETIST

His five releases with his band Matt Jorgensen +451 built a reputation as one of the most exciting groups in jazz today. As a sideman he has worked with Gary Bartz, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Bill Mays, Stanley Jordan, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Bobby Shew, Mike LeDonne, George Colligan, Reggie Workman, Tim Ries, Chuck Leavell and others. {Origin Artist Page}


Chris Icasiano

Chris Icasiano / Drums

SHIPPING COORDINATOR / MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

Chris can been seen playing in Seattle at The Chapel, touring the West Coast with Bad Luck, or touring Europe with Speak. {Origin Artist Page}









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  • Origin Records
    8649 Island Drive South
    Seattle, WA 98118
    ph: (206) 781-2589
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