Origin Records

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Origin Records
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Founded1997 (1997)
FounderJohn Bishop
Distributor(s)City Hall Records, NewArts International
Genre Jazz, classical
Country of originU.S.
Location Seattle, Washington
Official website originarts.com

Origin Records is a jazz and classical music record label founded by drummer John Bishop in 1997. [1] With the help of drummer Matt Jorgensen, Origin expanded its roster of musicians and added the labels OA2 and Origin Classical.



Founded in 1997 in Seattle, Washington by John Bishop, with technical help from his former student, New York drummer Matt Jorgensen, the label debuted on the web in 1998. After Jorgensen moved back to Seattle in 2002, the label quickly grew regional, national, and then international.

Origin Records added its sister jazz labels, OA2 Records, in June 2002 and a classical imprint, Origin Classical, in April 2008. In 2009, Origin was named Label of the Year by JazzWeek . [2]

Since 2003, Origin has hosted Seattle's annual Ballard Jazz Festival. The festival was named "Northwest Concert of the Year" by Earshot magazine in 2005 [3] and has featured Sonny Fortune, Chano Dominguez, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz with the Hal Galper Trio, Matt Wilson, Mike Stern, Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, the Brian Blade Fellowship, and Joe Locke.


The Origin/OA2 catalog represents over 500 recordings from 300 artists, and releases 30-40 new albums a year.

Origin Records

Cat. #ArtistAlbumYear
82747 Michael Waldrop Origin Suite 2018
82746 John Stowell, Ulf Bandgren QuartetNight Visitor2017
82745Eva CortesCrossing Borders2017
82744 David Friesen Structures2017
82743Corey ChristiansenDusk2017
82742 Emi Meyer Monochrome2017
82741 Josh Nelson The Sky Remains2017
82738 Hal Galper & the YoungbloodsLive at the Cota Jazz Festival2017
82737 Carlos Vega Bird's Up2017
82735Zem AuduSpirits2017
82734John McLean & Clark Sommers BandParts Unknown2017
82733Tom RizzoDay and Night2017
82732Sarah PartridgeBright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian2017
82731Matt Otto (with Ensemble Ibérica)Ibérica2017
82730 Oscar Hernández The Art of Latin Jazz2017
82729 Michael Zilber Originals for the Originals2017
82728 Bill Anschell Rumbler2017
82726MamutrioPrimal Existence2016
82725 Tom Collier Impulsive Illuminations2016
82724Clay GibersonPastures2016
82723 David Friesen Circle 3 Trio Triple Exposure2016
82722John MoulderEarthborn Tales of Souland Spirit2016
82721Jason HainsworthThird Ward Stories2016
82720 Tim Davies Big Band The Expensive Train Set2016
82719 Anthony Branker Beauty Within2016
82718Allison Adams TuckerWanderlust2016
82717 John Stowell/Michael Zilber Basement Blues2016
82716JoonsamA Door2016
82715Corey ChristiansenFactory Girl2016
82714 Dan Cray Outside In2016
82713Joel Miller, Sienna DahlenDream Cassette2016
82712 Les Demerle Comin' Home Baby2016
82711Marcos VarelaSan Ygnacio2016
82710Scott ReevesPortraits and Places2016
82709Ark OvrutskiIntersection2016
82708 Carlos Vega Bird's Ticket2016
82707Ray Vega & Thomas MarriottReturn of the East-West Trumpet Summit2016
82706Florian HoefnerLuminosity2016
82705 Roxy Coss Restless Idealism2016
82704 David Friesen and Glen Moore Bactrian2015
82703 Tom Collier Across the Bridge2015
82702Emma LarssonSing to the Sky2015
82701Geof BradfieldOur Roots2015
82700 Ben Paterson For Once in My Life2015
82699John WojciechowskiFocus2015
82698 Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach Varuna2015
82697Tad BrittonCicada2015
82696Clay GibersonMinga Minga2015
82695Nick FinzerThe Chase2015
82694Jack PerlaEnormous Changes2015
82693Lorin CohenHome2015
82692 Hugo Fernandez Cosmogram2015
82691 Tom Collier Alone in the Studio2015
82690 Michael Waldrop Big Band Time Within Itself 2015
82689Sarah PartridgeI Never Thought I'd Be Here2015
82688Lucas PinoNo Net Nonet2015
82687 Josh Nelson Exploring Mars2015
82686Scott HesseThe Stillness of Motion2015
82685The H2 Big Big BandIt Could Happen2015
82684 John Stowell/Michael Zilber Live Beauty2015
82683Chad McCullough & Bram WeijtersAbstract Quantities2015
82682Gene ArgelLuminescent2015
82681 George Colligan & Theoretical PlanetsRisky Notion2015
82680 Marc Seales American Songs, Volume 3: Time & Place2015


Cat. #ArtistAlbumYear
22144Errol Rackipov GroupDistant Dreams2017
22143Paul Tynan & Aaron LingtonBicoastal Collective: Chapter Five2017
22142Mason RazaviQuartet Plus, Volume 22017
22141Colorado Jazz Repertory OrchestraInvitation2017
22140Tom Dempsey & Tim Ferguson QuartetWaltz New2017
22139Ben Markley Big BandClockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton2017
22138Gustavo CortiñasEsse2017
22137Phil ParisotLingo2016
22136Erik JekabsonA Brand New Take2016
22135Shawn MaxwellShawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow2016
22134Afro Bop AllianceRevelation2016
22133Cheryl FisherQuietly There2016
22132Will GobleConsider the Blues2016
22131New Standard Jazz OrchestraWaltz About Nothing2016
22130Alex GoodmanBorder Crossing2016
22129DariaStrawberry Fields Forever2016
22128Danny GreenAltered Narratives2016
22127Raul AgrazBetween Brothers2016
22126Svetlana and the Delancey FiveNight at the Speakeasy2016
22125Carrie WicksMaybe2015
22124Jeff JenkinsThe Arrival2015
22123Hans LuchsTime Never Pauses2015
22122Ben Winkelman TrioThe Knife2015
22121 Juli Wood Synkkä Metsä2015
22120Electric Squeezebox OrchestraCheap Ren2015
22119Michael KocourWherever You Go, There You Are2015
22118Adam ShulmanHere/There2015
22117Barney McClureShow Me!2015
22116Unhinged SextetClarity2015
22115Chamber 3Grassroots2015
22114Rich PellegrinEpisodes IV-VI2014
22113Danny GreenAfter the Calm2014
22111Gordon Lee with the Mel Brown SeptetTuesday Night2014
22110Paul Tynan & Aaron LingtonBicoastal Collective: Chapter Four2014
22109 Mark Buselli Untold Stories2014
22108Nelda SwiggettBlue-Eyed Painted Lady2014
22107 Chris Parker Full Circle2014
22106Jim OlsenWe See Stars2014
22105Craig YaremkoCYO32013
22104George CotsirilosVariations2013
22103Florian HoefnerFalling Up2013
22102Lynn BakerLectrocoustic2013
22101Chris Amemiya & Jazz CoalescenceIn the Rain Shadow2013
22100Steve OwenStand Up Eight2013

Origin Classical

Cat. #ArtistAlbumYear
33025 Michael Waldrop Time Frames2021
33023Aaron LingtonSecondary Impressions2019
33020Gwendolyn DeaseBeguiled2016
33019Cherie Hughes and Roberto LimonOn My People2015
33018Jim Knapp & ScrapeApproaching Vyones2013
33017Idit ShnerLe Merle Noir2013
33016Yumiko Endo SchlafferRhapsodie2013
33015Brian ChinEventide2012
33014Doug LofstromConcertino: The Music of Doug Lofstrom2012
33013 Tom Collier Plays Haydn, Mozart, Telemann and Others2012
33012Douglas Detrick's Anywhen EnsembleRivers Music2011
33011Free Range Saxophone QuartetFireflies2011
33010Brian ChinUniversal Language2010
33009 Tom Collier Mallet Fantastique2010
33008Idit Shner & Yumiko Endo SchlafferFissures: 20th Century Music for Saxophone and Harp2010
33007John AdlerConfronting Inertia2009
33006Jim Gailloreto Jazz String QuintetAmerican Complex2009
33005Daniel BarryMusic of the Spheres2009
33004Linda Tsatsanis & John LentiAnd I Remain: Three Love Stories2009
33003Florie RothenbergVoices of Trees2008
33002 Chris Walden Chris Walden: Symphony No. 1 – The Four Elements2008
33001Seattle Trumpet ConsortAfter Baroque: Music for the Natural Trumpet2008

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  2. Kugiya, Hugo (July 10, 2009). Seattle's Origin Records named JazzWeek's Label of the Year. Seattle Times.
  3. "Origin classical catalog" . Retrieved 14 January 2017.