Class Tonight on Web 2.0 for Musicians at Seattle Drum School Georgetown

From Dave Marriott:

In case you haven’t heard about this via their advertising, I’ll be teaching my first class at the Seattle Drum School Georgetown about this content called, not surprisingly, “Web 2.0 for Musicians and Other Artists”. It’s only 15 dollars for this session, and if you make it tonight you’ll get a discount on all future sessions. From the advertisement:

Want to get the most exposure for your YouTube videos?

Unsure how to tackle Facebook and MySpace?

Interested in learning how to use Flickr to promote yourself?

Did you know there are hundreds of new tools online for communicating with your audience and attracting new fans?

Come to “Web 2.0 for Musicians and Other Artists” on November 25th at 7pm for a two-hour in-depth introductory session teaching you how to use these new Web 2.0 tools to promote, publicize, and sell your music, writing, film or art. Only $15, plus a discount on all future sessions! Whether you are a teenage musician or a veteran professional, this is for you, so sign up now! Call today!

If you can’t make it tonight, no problem! Just e-mail me and let me know you are interested in future sessions so I can keep you informed. Tonight is some basics on the big sites, but in the future we will focus on less-common Web 2.0 sites and more musician-specific applications online. If you get a chance – come by! Only 15 bucks!

Bad News About IAJE

According to a letter posted on the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) website ( from board president Chuck Owen, the Board of IAJE has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. IAJE as it presently stands will no longer exist–the international offices of IAJE closed their doors at the end of the day on Friday, April 18th.

Sadly, the 2009 IAJE International Conference in Seattle has been cancelled. However, there has been some discussion of mounting a regional conference in its place.

A Kansas bankruptcy court will appoint a trustee to oversee all ongoing aspects of the association. This includes the ability to examine IAJE’s financial records and mount an independent inquiry into the causes of its financial downfall. Since the first communication to the membership outlining IAJE’s financial crisis, there has been considerable public speculation as to its causes.

For more information and to read the complete and official letter, visit

Seattle meets L.A.

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott, and Drummers John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen have the perfect way to beat the N.W. winter weather…

Go to Los Angeles.

Tonight the guys will perform at the first ever “L.A. Origin Records Jazz Party.” Hosted by 425 Productions, the event will feature several artists from the record label in a jam session-style hang. Grammy-nominated artists Chris Walden and Kim Richmond will be joined by tenor saxophonists David Sills, Rob Lockart and Matt Otto, with Seattle native Gary Fukishima on piano as well as several other guests.

After the recent success with the Ballard Jazz Walk, and a 10th Anniversary pin, the Origin boys haven’t even thought about taking a break. “When we get back to Seattle, it’ll be time to get to work on our trip to Toronto for the IAJE in early January…” says Bishop, “and then another Ballard Jazz Festival.” The coming Ballard Jazz Festival (the 4-day event) is scheduled to run April 23-26.

Since most of this site’s readers live in Seattle, you’ll want to tune in Friday morning (through the web) for an on-air interview with Matt, Tom, and John. Visit 88.1 KKJZ for more info.

The L.A. Jazz Party is a project of former Origin Intern Jeff Watkins, a music business student at the University of Southern California. The event will be held at the Pasadena Jazz Institute, at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door.

SRJO Holds Open Rehearsals with Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath in Preparation for Studio Recording

Two rehearsals with Jimmy Heath
and the SRJO open to the public


Thursday, December 6
Kirkland Teen Union Building
(348 Kirkland Ave., directly behind the
Kirkland Performance Center)

Friday, December 7
Lincoln High School Band Room
(4400 Interlake Ave N, Seattle,
Located one block east of Stone Way &
one block south of N. 45th Street)

Leading to a studio recording of “The Endless Search” composed by Jimmy Heath and commissioned by the SRJO.

Free to the general public

The award-winning Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra SRJO brings jazz legend and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath from New York to the Seattl area during the first week of December for two special rehearsals that will be open to the public. Mr. Heath’s residence in Seattle will culminate in a studio recording session with the SRJO. Heath, a world-renowned tenor saxophonist and composer, is joining the SRJO to make a studio recording of “The Endless Search,” a three movement suite commissioned from Heath by the SRJO, and premiered at the orchestra’s November 2006 concerts. Heath led the SRJO and played saxophone for the 2006 premieres.

Prior to 2006, Mr. Heath had last come to Seattle in 2001 as a guest performer for two sold-out concerts with the SRJO. He is among the most widely revered and recognized musicians in the world of jazz. Born in Philadelphia, he began his career in the 1940s as a sideman with many famous band leaders, including Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, and Miles Davis. He went on to lead his own groups, and in 1975 joined with his brothers Tootie and Percy in forming a highly regarded band, The Heath Brothers, which recorded many critically acclaimed albums for the Riverside and Concord record labels. In 2003 he was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and awarded the title of an NEA Jazz Master. He maintains an active career world-wide as a performer, composer and band leader. His recent work as a composer includes a piece commissioned by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) and premiered by that group in 2005.

“The Endless Search” for jazz big band was commissioned by the SRJO through a grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. This is the third commission of a new, multi-movement work for the SRJO. Previous works have been commissioned by Seattle composers William O. Smith (in 2002) and Jovino Santos Neto (in 2005). The Heath commission is the first work written for the SRJO by a composer with a major national and international following, and the resulting recording will likely receive broad attention throughout the U.S.

Videos from Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts’ Visit to the Seattle Drum School Georgetown

Back in May, the Seattle Drum School officially opened it’s newest branch in Georgetown, and to help commemorate the event, drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts stopped by for an informal performance and clinic. The Seattle Drum School recently posted five videos from the event, with at least one more to come. They’ve been getting some notice, and ‘Tain’ himself has even embedded them on his education page.

For the full post and videos from SDSG, click here.