Born: October 13, 1972
Since moving back to Seattle in 2002 after 10 years in New York City, Matt Jorgensen has been active in all aspects of the Seattle jazz scene. He has recorded four CDs with his group Matt Jorgensen +451 for Origin Records, and has toured extensively from New York to LA and in 2003 picked up an award for “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” by Earshot Jazz.
As a sideman he is frequently called on by an impressive list of musicians including Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Bill Mays, Vincent Herring, George Colligan, Reggie Workman, Tim Ries, Chuck Leavell and others.
Matt is also a founder and co-Artistic Director of the Ballard Jazz Festival and has produced jazz concerts in association with Bumbershoot and others....
Awards2003 Northwest Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year - Earshot Jazz Magazine
Matt Jorgensen's 451 has succeeded in creating a hip, thoughtful, emotional and sincere jazz recording. A rare and promising combination for jazz in the 21st Century. —EARSHOT JAZZ MAGAZINE
This band is godliness! —DICK CROCKETT, 88.7FM, SACRAMENTO, CA
Their live performances are at times stunning — supertight and driving. —EARSHOT JAZZ MAGAZINE
Quiet Silence is one of the freshest, hippest, most lyrical and beautiful records I've heard all year. —STEVE SILBERMAN, WIRED MAGAZINE
“No one playing in this format—with the exception of perhaps Vijay Iyer—has crafted a more distinctive jazz identity.” - ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Tattooed By PassionMeniscus
Tattooed by Passion: Music Inspired by the Paintings of Dale ChismanOrigin Records
Another MorningOrigin Records
The Road Begins HereMeniscus
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In addition to performing, Matt Jorgensen is a principle at Origin Records (which includes additional imprints OA2 Records and Origin Classical), founder of the Ballard Jazz Festival and produces audio and video podcasts. He frequently is a guest speaker on Music Business and New Technology topics worldwide. Topics include: - Record Label deals and models - Building your audience - Online and Physical Distribution - Concert Production - Extensive Q&A