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The New York Times
Today the New York Times published a piece about Seattle’s incredible commitment to jazz education at the high school and now college level. The article highlights Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, who combined have won the national Essentially Ellington competition seven out of the past ten years. While many of these young musicians go on to study at New England conservatories and gig in New York, an increasing trend is to return to their supportive Northwest hometown. Local educators and musicians such as Clarence Acox, Scott Brown, Matt Jorgensen, John Gilbreath, Andy Clausen and Riley Mulherkar are quoted and mentioned. To read the entire article, please follow the above link. For even more New York Times coverage of our beloved scene, click here. The Times’s Popcast also focuses on the major players in Seattle jazz.

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July 10, 2009, 11:04 am
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Seattle Times
The offices of the thriving, local and independent record label Origin Records are in an upper bedroom in the Seward Park home of drummer John Bishop, who started the company 12 years ago with fellow drummer Matt Jorgensen. Even as the traditional recording industry has contracted, as jazz has struggled to compete commercially with rock and popular music, Origin has succeeded by keeping its goals modest. The business that started in a ramshackle, rented apartment is still a home business. Very little is spent on marketing and advertising. Recording projects aim simply to break even financially and help artists disseminate their music. The success of Origin is rooted in its intent to cultivate a local sound, much the way Sub Pop did with local rock music in the 1990s. The rest of the world, it turns out, has been paying attention. Origin was recognized last month as the 2009 Jazz Label of the Year by JazzWeek, which is to jazz what Billboard is to pop music.