The Next Generation: Brothers David and Thomas Marriott

David and Thomas Mariott, who began honing their musical chops at Seattle’s Garfield High School as well as Jazz Port Townsend for many years, return to Port Townsend this July 22-29 to teach workshops and give performances.

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott (right), first gained attention with the 1997 release of Open ThomasmarriottSeason.

"Thomas Marriott is one of the most promising young trumpet players in the region,” writes Earshot Magazine. “He combines lighting-quick articulation with walloping bop chops, energy, and knowledge of the tradition.”

Solo efforts on his recent albums and performances with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, the Chico O’Farrell Orchestra, Ritchie Cole, and Joe Locke have earned him numerous awards and recognition throughout the music world.

In 2000, Thomas joined the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and relocated to New York City. After completing three world tours with Ferguson, Thomas worked in and around New York with musicians as diverse as Bob Berg, The Tito Puente Orchestra, Eric Reed, Brian Lynch, Bebo Valdez, Eddie Palmieri and many others.

Now making Seattle his home once again, Thomas released his first solo album, Individuation, in 2005.

Award-winning trombonist David Marriott (left), is equally at home as a performer, composer, arranger, and David_marriott educator. Co-leader, with brother Thomas, of the Marriott Jazz Quintet, David wrote and arranges most of the music performs.

David received critical acclaim for his CD Septology: In The Beginning, a seven-part jazz suite. And as a teacher of improvisation, theory, and history, David continues to pass the jazz tradition along to others as a Jazz Port Townsend favorite. 

The brothers’ quintet, the Marriott Jazz Quintet, is a hard-swinging, high energy band that has drawn acclaim and awards from the Pacific Northwest to New York City. The band’s repertoire ranges from bebop to ballads, sprinkled with the flavor of original compositions. In the tradition of the small bands led by Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, and Herbie Hancock, the group’s attitude stems from their common appreciation for swing, tradition, and pure fun.

Open Season, the quintet’s first CD, was NPR’s Jim Wilke’s number one pick for Best Northwest CD releases, an honor also accorded to the group’s most recent release, The High Country.

The Marriott brothers will be performing at Jazz Port Townsend. Their club performances will be Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Thomas will play with vibist Joe Locke on both nights at Port Townsend’s Manresa Castle while David will be part of an all-star nonet playing on the historic Port Townsend waterfront. Tickets are available by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x117 as well as online at our secure Acteva site.