SCENES, “Destinations”

“…plush and understated blanket of sound…a seamless sonic poem that grows with each listen…. There are wondrous stories to be found in everything the eye can see, the ear can hear, and the imagination can dream up. Scenes – the trio of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop – has been readily and steadily making that point for more than fifteen years, harnessing natural beauty and concocting chimerical designs that extol the virtues of elasticity, mutability, and high-level communication. The Pacific Northwest knows no greater champion of its beyond-words beauty than this outfit.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Check out the new CD here!

Interview on All About Jazz

Here’s an interview Matt and I did recently with Danish writer Jakob Baekgaarde, that ended up being the most comprehensive we’ve done in quite awhile about Origin Records. Visit All About Jazz….

Hal Galper Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi

“5-Stars…a work of true artistic mastery, and generational significance.”

Recorded in Cleveland at the end of an east coast tour, “Cubist” was released in February, 2018. Check it out at Origin Records!


Fall 2016

October, 2016

Just wrapped up 3 weeks on the road with the Hal Galper Trio with special guest saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi, where we developed new material that we recorded live at Blujazz and Tri-C. Looking forward to getting that out in Spring 2017.

Oct 2 – The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH
Oct 7 – The Lilypad, Cambridge, MA
Oct 8 – Small’s, New York City
Oct 9 – The 9th Note, Stamford, CT
Oct 10 – William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Oct 11 – Kent State University, Kent, OH
Oct 12 – BLU Jazz+, Akron, OH
Oct 13 – Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
Oct 14 – TRI-C, Cleveland, OH


Coming up in November, we’ll be back with the trio for a quick weekend in Canada:

Nov 24 – Capilano College, VANCOUVER
Nov 25 – Frankie’s Jazz Club, VANCOUVER
Nov 26 – Yardbird Suite, EDMONTON

Also, recently went in the studio in Seattle with John Stowell and Jeff Johnson for our 6th album as “Scenes.” That’ll be in stores in February.



November 2015:

For the first time in a long time, Bram Weijters and Piet Verbist will be heading this way from Belgium for a few gigs along with Chad McCullough and ME. Check out the schedule and then show up if you can!


Nov 3 – The Whistler, Chicago
Nov 4 – The Jazz Showcase, Chicago
Nov 5 – Merriman’s Playhouse, South Bend, IN
Nov 6 – Andy’s Jazz Club, Chicago
Nov 7 – Andy’s Jazz Club, Chicago
Nov 8 – Cliff Bell’s, Detroit

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Right after Chicago, Jeff Johnson and I head to NYC to woodshed with Hal Galper and get together ideas for our next recording, due out Spring of 2016. Here’s another video from last fall’s tour to Southern California…

Also coming up in November is the release of Tom Collier’s new CD, “Across the Bridge,” featuring two rhythm sections: one with Bill Frisell, Ted Poor and Dan Dean, and the other with Larry Coryell, Dan Dean and me. Looking forward to this one coming out!

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March – April 2014:

Look out for the Hal Galper Trio in a town near you (as long as a town near you is in Idaho, Seattle, Edmonton, or NYC!) as we play a few dates preparing for a mid-March recording session. The new CD should be out in September and will be entitled “Soft.” Hal’s idea was to do a whole album with me on brushes. Sounds like it could be the makings for a nice background disc…. don’t count on it!

Mar 05, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: The Bleu Note Boise, Boise, ID
Mar 06, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID
Mar 07, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle, WA
Mar 08, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, AB
Mar 10, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: MacEwan University, Edmonton
Mar 20, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Mar 21, 2014 – Hal Galper Trio: Small’s, New York, NY

And then April will bring the 12th annual BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL, April 16-19. It’s coming together now and we’re looking forward to welcoming the legendary saxophonist Sonny Fortune and the Spanish pianist, Chano Dominguez as our mainstage artists. It will be GOOD! Keep checking back at for updates and tickets.

See you out there!

Fall…sort of…

The best summer in Seattle ever, and it just doesn’t want to stop! I’ll gladly accept the sun for however long it would like to shine on our little parade. I’m hoping this talk about the weather will inspire me to keep this page semi-up-to-date. I’d hate to sound so flowery as the rains pummel for the 40th straight day (oh yeah, it’s coming!)…

So much to share in the half yearly “dear diary” update. Starting with record biz news – we had our UK distributor bag their jazz division just as our European distributor went bankrupt! Fortunately, we made some nice new friends at the JazzAhead Convention in Bremen and set up a way better situation than what we had before. Challenge Records is, besides being a top-flight jazz label, a top-flight distributor with offices in many countries and sub-distributors worldwide. We’re very excited to see how this all plays out.  JazzAhead was a great experience and we’re looking forward to hitting it for the next few years at least, followed always with a trip to Antwerp to see our fine Belgian friends. Just wrapping up now the final 5 new releases for this year, making a total of 40 for 2013. I’m not sure how we keep up, but there is SO MUCH great music being made, I hate to miss out on whatever each new one adds to the label. Keep clicking on so you don’t miss these pups either.

We had the great Ernie Watts in town for our 15th Anniversary (yeah, a year late) showcase at Bumbershoot. We reconvened New Stories and did 3 dates with Ernie in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. A great time. Coming up this fall, after a vacation in Colombia, I’ll be with Hal Galper and Jeff Johnson in a swing through Texas (doing a workshop at my old alma mater, the former North Texas State), Oklahoma, and Kentucky and then race to Russia for a festival in Krasnodar with Chad McCullough, Bram Weijters and Piet Verbist. It’s all in my calendar. Come along!

 Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Origin Records on the Road

1/30/13 – Though highly inspired to take a breather after the so-called “holidays,”  it’s hard to sit still with all the big events and conferences going on! We passed on attending MIDEM in Cannes this year (very painful to NOT go to Cannes in January) so that we could go to the rapidly growing JazzConnect in NYC. Since it’s in conjunction with the Winter JazzFest in the Village and the APAP conference, it’s an easy can’t-miss. The NAMM show in LA was its usual stunning, leather-panted, mind-altering self, and then upcoming in April, besides our 11th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival(!), is the JazzAhead Conference in Bremen, Germany, and then the JazzWeek Summit at the Detroit Jazz Festival comes over Labor Day weekend. See you out there, brave people!


12/27/12 – Well yeah, it’s over, but I think it went pretty well (always in retrospect!)…. A couple of great trips to Belgium to play with the lovable fellas: Chad McCullough, Bram Weijters & Piet Verbist in support of our new record, “Urban Nightingale,” available here Several tours with the great Hal Galper and the release of our 4th album “Airegin Revisited” in November – Performances with Scenes, Wellstone Conspiracy, George Colligan, Dan Balmer, Eric Alexander, the great Harold Mabern, Michael Zilber, Thomas Marriott, Jeff Baker, Brent Jensen, Paul Gabrielson, Rick Mandyck, and so many more. Hooking up with great old and new friends at JazzWeek in Detroit, MIDEM in Cannes, and in journeys to NY, LA, Chicago, Prague, and several weeks in Belgium(!), reminds me that flying SUCKS, but being other places is really good.

Let’s wish us all luck and fine times in the new year!