We are excited to announce that our two-night showcase this October at the Earshot Jazz Festival will be recorded for a 2012 release on Origin Records.
We will be debuting some new material as well as some classic originals penned by Mark, Matt & Thomas.
Joining Human Spirit for the weekend will be two of their favorite collaborators, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Essiet Essiet.
Orrin Evans is one of the busiest piano players on the New York Scene. Having worked extensively with Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, The Mingus Big Band and scores of others, Orrin has recorded albums for Criss Cross Records, Palmetto Records and Posi-Tone Records. Last year he was awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship For The Arts. After playing with him at the Jazz at the River Festival in 2009, Matt & Thomas knew their musical paths would intersect again, as they did for the 2010 East-Coast tour of Jorgensen’s “Tattooed By Passion,” which featured Orrin with great success.
Essiet Essiet is a familiar face to anyone who listens to live jazz. His bass playing has accompanied every major jazz artist of the last three decades. Essiet first rose to prominence as a member of Abdullah Ibrahim’s bands of the 1980’s and then with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He has performed with Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garret, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Kurt Elling and Jackie McLean to name just a few. Matt and Essiet have worked together in bands led by pianist Travis Shook and Human Spirit is delighted to be sharing the bandstand with him for their two-night, live recording at the Earshot Jazz Festival.
This will be an amazing weekend of music and we invite you to join us as a member of the audience.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14-15 TULA’S JAZZ CLUB
2214 2nd Ave
Sets at 8:00 & 9:30pm
Thomas Marriott – trumpet Mark Taylor – saxophone Orrin Evans – piano Essiet Essiet – bass Matt Jorgensen – drums
In advance of our show in Vancouver at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club, here is mp3 download from a show at The Cellar after Thomas’ Flexicon CD was released. The band is the same as our up-coming show at The Cellar the weekend of September 2-3
Thomas Marriott – trumpet
Mark Taylor – saxophone
Brad Turner – piano / rhodes
Adam Thomas – bass
Matt Jorgensen – drums
We are thrilled to be participating at the Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts this year. We will be the final act during the three-act Seattle Jazz Showcase which also features vocalist Gail Pettis and Wayne Horvitz’ Cafe Paloma Band.
We will be at the Science Fiction Museum Level 3 stage (if you saw Brian Blade Fellowship last year at Earshot — that is the stage). The music starts at Noon … we play from 3:00 – 4:00!
After almost 20 years of sharing the bandstand together in various formats, the three of us thought that we should probably just formalize what we’ve already been doing for the last few projects … we are now a band, and that band is named Human Spirit.
The last couple of years have been incredibly productive. We recorded Thomas’ Flexicon and Human Spirit CDs together, did Matt’s Tattooed by Passion multi-media project, performed together in one form or another at almost every Ballard Jazz Festival, and shared a number of long flights and van rides.
In the near future we are writing new music, performing a few shows leading up to our live recording at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 14-15 (where we will be joined by Orrin Evans on piano and Essiet Essiet on bass).
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Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen
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