Jazz Trumpeter Thomas Marriott Charts a Successful Path in Seattle


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Thomas Marriotts Quartet will perform this Friday, March 5, at New Orleans Creole Restaurant, 114 First Ave. S., Seattle. For reservations, call 206-622-2563.

from The Seattle Times:

Here, in a narrow passage between a decorated brick wall and the stage at the New Orleans restaurant in Pioneer Square, is where the early education of trumpeter Thomas Marriott took place 20 years ago.

Barely a teenager, he showed up every week, often with his brother David (an accomplished trombonist), planting himself for hours, listening to the house band led by the late Floyd Standifer.
More than five years later, Marriott earns a living doing nothing but playing the trumpet, something he could not claim when he was in New York, despite having regular places to play and getting called to back up such big-name musicians as Maynard Ferguson, Eric Reed and the late Tito Puente and Rosemary Clooney. He still had to supplement his income working for a small investigations agency.

“Your commitment is always tested," said Marriott, who is now married with two children. “You could be standing there, playing some wedding, feeling grouchy, thinking you could work in an office, earning three times what you're making... But I've played some major jazz festivals, I've toured, sold some CDs. I hope I have the respect of my community; I have a busy schedule.

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