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Three up-coming Human Spirit shows

Look forward to seeing everyone at the shows …

Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
1027 N.Forest st.
Bellingham, WA
featuring Gary Fukashima (piano) and Greg Feingold (bass)

Friday, January 8, 2016 – B Sharp Coffeehouse
706 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 292-9969
featuring Jeff Johnson (bass)

Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Tula’s Jazz Club
2214 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
featuring Jeff Johnson (bass)

Human Spirit at Bumbershoot – Aug 31

Human Spirit will perform at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts on Saturday, August 31 at noon as part of the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Origin Records.

The two hour show will feature performances by Human Spirit, Matt Jorgensen +451 and Ernie Watts with New Stories.

For more information and tickets, check out the Bumbershoot website.

“In Unity” featured on NPR’s All Things Considered

“In Unity,” the first track from Human Spirit’s new CD Dialogue, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered on Wednesday, November 7 … the day after the election.  It was the music heard at the end of a segment about how the GOP must regroup after getting blown out by Democrats in the election.

Drummer and composer Matt Jorgensen said, “I’m happy that NPR played my tune. I’m really really happy that Obama won. Oh, and I’ll see everyone in Philly and New York.”

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Philly and NYC

Human Spirit is heading East for two shows.

November 14 – Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
1421 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 568-3131, 7:00pm

November 15 – Smalls Jazz Club, New York, NY
183 West 10th Street
New York, NY

Fall Tour Dates Announced

Human Spirit have shows coming up in Chicago, Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver, Philadelphia and New York City.

Click here to see where Human Spirit is performing next.

Human Spirit at The Ballard Jazz Walk on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU Sunday June 17

Human Spirit with guest Orrin Evans, piano, Thomas Marriott, trumpet, Mark Taylor, alto sax, Phil Sparks, bass, and Matt Jorgensen, drums played the annual Ballard Jazz Walk in April and the performance was recorded for Jazz Northwest.  On this program, the group is heard in a complete set from Conor Byrne in Ballard playing selections from their new CD “Dialogue” recently issued by Origin Records.  The program airs Sunday June 17 at 1 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU and is streamed at

Pianist Orrin Evans is a New York-based pianist who also headlined with his own group at the mainstage concert at the Ballard Jazz Festival the following night. He also appears on the new CD.

The Ballard Jazz Walk is part of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival and includes a dozen or more venues featuring live jazz, all within walking distance of each other in old Ballard.  Over 70 musicians played during the jazz walk and the music and people spilling out of the small clubs along the street provided a very festive atmosphere.  The festival is produced by Matt Jorgensen and John Bishop with production coordination by Chad McCullough and supported by the Ballard business community.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and is heard Sundays at 1 PM PDT.   A podcast of the program will be available after the broadcast.

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Review: All About Jazz

from All About Jazz:

The three players who now call themselves Human Spirit—drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and alto saxophonistMark Taylor—have a very successful track record of recording together. They teamed up on Jorgensen’s magnificent Tattooed by Passion (2010) and Another Morning (2008), and on Marriott’s strange and splendid Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (2008) and Flexicon(2009), all on Seattle’s Origin Records. But the idea of the group’s name came certainly from Marriott’s Human Spirit (Origin Records), teaming the trio with organist Gary Versace for one of 2011′s most dynamic and modern-sounding recordings.

Dialogue finds the group—with special guests sitting in on piano and bass—in a live setting at the Earshot Jazz Festival, and sounding very spirited indeed. Jorgensen, Marriott and Taylor have a special genius for for taking the standard jazz quintet—sax, trumpet and rhythm section—and breathing new life into the format. The distinct ensemble sound comes, in part, from the melding of Taylor’s tart tone, with its “lemonade a couple of teaspoons short on the sugar” tang blending with Marriott’s clean, pure timbre. A vibrant simpatico rises up, whether the horn men are playing unison lines or interweaving long notes, leading to always-inspired soloing. Jorgensen, in the drum chair, channels tumultuous grooves and—as the best of the best drummers seem to do (like the late Paul Motian, and Al Foster)—makes everyone sound better, as he subtly boosts the music and catches the ear with the unexpected.

Dialogue‘s tunes are all originals: two by Jorgensen; two from Taylor; and four from perhaps nominal leader Marriott. It’s a live show, and the energy level is high, with mostly up-tempo workouts and lots of fire. And the special guests are inspired choices, as they’ve always been with Human Spirit—whether, as on previous recordings, it was guitarist Corey Christiansen and keyboardist Ryan Burns, or bassists Geoff Harper,Dave Captein or Jeff Johnson. The guest slots on Dialogue go to pianist Orrin Evans, who plays with percussive gusto, and bassist Essiet Essiet, who supplies a solid foundation for the horns’ soaring free flights.

Human Spirit offers up high wire jazz quintet sound with Dialogue, an outing that takes a standard lineup and shifts it into a different dimension.

Track Listing: In Unity; Stepford and Son; Reversal of Fortune; Song for Samuel; After Hours; 148 Lexington; Pelham Gardens.

Personnel: Thomas Marriott: trumpet; Mark Taylor: alto saxophone; Matt Jorgensen: drums; Orrin Evans: piano; Essiet Essiet: bass.

Human Spirit, Dialogue – now available!

We are proud to announce that Dialogue: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival will be available from Origin Records on Tuesday, May 15th … but you can buy it right now from our website!

We have three options available: Autographed CD, Regular CD, and Digital Download.

If you pre-ordered a copy at Tula’s during the recording, we will be shipping the CDs within the next two weeks. Download links will be emailed as well.


  1. In Unity (Jorgensen)
  2. Stepford and Son (Taylor)
  3. Reversal of Fortune (Marriott)
  4. Song for Samuel (Marriott)
  5. After Hours (Taylor)
  6. Ridgecrest (Jorgensen)
  7. 148 Lexington (Marriott)
  8. Pelham Gardens (Marriott)

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Human Spirit at The Ballard Jazz Festival

Tom, Mark and Matt will be joined by pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Phil Sparks at the 10th annual Ballard Jazz Festival.

Human Spirit will be performing at Conor Byrne Pub during the Ballard Jazz Walk on Friday, April 20. They will perform from 8:00 – 10:30pm.

Also, be sure and catch Orrin Evans’ headlining performance the next night at The Nordic Heritage Museum.

For more information, and to buy discounted tickets, visit the Ballard Jazz Festival website.