“A NIGHT WITH ORIGIN RECORDS” AT THE PASADENA JAZZ INSTITUTE
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007, 8:00pm
Location: Pasadena Jazz Institute, 260 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101, (626) 398-3344, www.pasjazz.org
Admission: $15.00, $10.00 students w/ ID
425 Productions presents an evening of jazz featuring artists from Seattle's Origin Records, one of the nation's top independent jazz labels. Along with a host of Los Angeles-based musicians, the event also features several Seattle artists including Origin's founders, drummers John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen. Demonstrating the label's and artist's commitment to furthering the education of a new generation for jazz, the event's promotion & production team are two students of the Music Business program at the University of Southern California.
Presented as a "Jazz Party," the evening offers time to mix with the performers and will feature artists including Grammy-nominated musicians Kim Richmond and Chris Walden, Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott, drummers Matt Jorgensen & John Bishop, Los Angeles saxophonists Rob Lockart, David Sills & Matt Otto, plus several more, all performing music from their recent Origin recordings.
425 Productions was formed by Jeff Watkins and Chan Lim, undergraduate students at the University of Southern California. Jeff is a music industry major and Chan is a public relations major, but are both currently enrolled in the course "live music production and promotion." For their final project, they have decided to promote a jazz concert, which incorporates both of their passions.
Now celebrating it's 10th Anniversary, Origin Records was founded in 1997 by Seattle drummer John Bishop, who, in partnership with his former drum student Matt Jorgensen, developed the label to become one of the premier jazz organizations in the Northwest and one of the top independent labels in the country. Concieved as a springboard for creative Northwest jazz artists, the roster quickly evolved to include over 100 artists on 180 recordings from around the U.S., Europe and Japan.
In recent years, Origin has expanded into concert and festival production with their annual Ballard Jazz Festival, publishing of a bi-monthly jazz magazine, All About Jazz/Seattle, and added another label, OA2 Records, in 2002. Along with their CDs, Origin has teamed with Microsoft to provide content for the Windows XP and XP Media Center operating systems, and they continually search for new opportunities to promote their music and enrich the communities they're involved with.