First Video in the Red Raspus Round-Up Series: Record Store Day 2012

I finally finished a new video for my new official YouTube channel and have started a new series called Red Raspus Round-Up. The videos under the umbrella of Red Raspus Round-Up will cover events and experiences with photos, videos, audio -- whatever I can round-up! For starters, I did a round-up of Record Store Day 2012, which took place last Saturday. In addition to photos from the day, there's a complete video unboxing/unpacking of all the stuff I got, including the official freebie bag. I hope you enjoy, and if you haven't checked out our new channel, head on over and subscribe...

Posted on April 26, 2012 and filed under Events, Video.

Huge Savings on Periodic Table of Jazz, Visualizing Kind of Blue, and Keep Calm and Dig Some Jazz Products -- Today Until 10am PT



Big savings for Black Friday in the Red Raspus Music and Design store -- check out some of the deals available today if you use the code ZBLACKFRIDAY in our store:

  • 50% off ALL posters, prints, postcards, and notecards
  • $5 off ALL shirts
  • 20% off ALL iPad and iPhone cases

Be it our Periodic Table of Jazz, or the design called Visualizing Kind of Blue, or one of the three tribute to jazz greats in our Keep Calm and Dig Some Jazz series, there's sure to be a gift for the jazz fan in your life. Take advantage of these great savings until 10am Pacific Time -- use the code ZBLACKFRIDAY in our store to save now! These deals only last 10 hours total, so get out there and save some of that hard-earned money while you still can!

Posted on November 25, 2011 and filed under Music Education.

Red Raspus Design Site Debuts

I've finally launched a separate site for my little music-design projects, and with a few new things going live in the next few weeks, I needed a better way to showcase them. If you haven't seen the Periodic Table of Jazz or Visualizing Kind of Blue: Flamenco Sketches before, now is your chance! It’s a little bare right now, but those buttons at the bottom will be filling up in no time, just wait. Thanks for your support, and Happy New Year!

Go directly to Red Raspus Design...

Posted on January 10, 2011 .

Saturday, July 24th - Wayne-ing Brass: The Music of Wayne Shorter for Brass Trio and Rhythm Section

Wayne-ing Brass: The Music of Wayne Shorter for Brass and Rhythm

Thomas Marriott (tpt), Tom Varner (horn), David Marriott, Jr. (tbn), Bill Anschell(pno), Phil Sparks (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums)

Music at Tula's begins at 7:30pm. $15 Cover. Reservations recommended. Call Tula’s at (206) 443-4221

Debuting at Tula's, this re-imagining of Wayne Shorter's music for brass trio and rhythm section is sure to be a unique night of music. Don't miss it!

Posted on July 20, 2010 and filed under Events, Personal Gigs.

Updates on The Periodic Table of Jazz - Video, Shirts, and More

It's been a hugely exciting 24 hours since releasing The Periodic Table of Jazz to the world at large. I spent every free moment of the day on the phone, returning calls about the image, the idea, the design, and jazz in general. I received some great emails with questions - I will be getting to all of you, so please be patient. I also discovered more than a few more duplicate element symbols -- I think the color differences must be the explanation, otherwise how could so many people miss them, including me? I also took the opportunity to update the image in a few other ways, including taking a few missed opportunities with clever element symbols. One student requested shirts, and my motto has always been, "ask and you shall receive," so here are some Periodic Table of Jazz shirts - available in many styles, so take your pick.

I've also posted a bit larger version for folks to look at -- sorry, I'm trying not to let a printable version out into the wild for free quite yet, but I'm working on that as well (a free version).

Also, I've made a little video to show the process I went through making the poster. I made the video before making the latest changes to the design, but it should give you a look at the spurts of work that created the majority of the design. Enjoy the evolution of The Periodic Table of Jazz:

Last but not least, if you ordered a poster and it has the old design, feel free to send it back to Imagekind or Zazzle and re-order the updated version. Otherwise, you have a one-of-ten (or less) rare version print! Treasure it! Enjoy - more as it comes!

Posted on June 10, 2010 and filed under In the News, Miscellaneous, Music Education.

Now Available: The Periodic Table of Jazz

At long last, and just in time for graduation season, comes The Periodic Table of Jazz, a beautiful poster depicting "an evolution of jazz style, improvisation and innovation" in a visualization homage to the periodic table of elements. Perfect for band directors, music grads, and jazz geeks and fans alike! For full details on how to purchase, plus a lengthy article about the poster's creation, visit The Periodic Table of Jazz page. Stay tuned for more "jazz meets graphic design" from Red Raspus Music - there's more to come... If you are already sold and want to skip the long read and order one now, go to our Zazzle or Imagekind pages and get yours ASAP!

Posted on June 8, 2010 and filed under Music Education.

1KTF Music Giveaway Results and Video

It's time to announce the winners of the One Thousand Twitter Follower Music Giveaway! I had a great time doing my first live stream today -- if you missed it, I've posted the video below. Thanks to all the folks who entered -- I decided to give music to the two-runners-ups, so followers @QTSCHO and @NutmegDesigns will both get a copy of Septology: In the Beginning. Here are the big winners:

BRONZE PACKAGE: Long-time Twitter friend and follower @ElementsOfJazz -- her new website Elements of Jazz just launched, check it out!.

SILVER PACKAGE: Photographer Juan-Carlo Hernandez, @jchernandezjazz on Twitter. Lots of beautiful stuff to check out on his blogs.

GOLD PACKAGE: Trombone player Martin Sager, @MSplaystrombone on Twitter. He asked me to please mention his "band leader Chris Hodges, The Chris Hodges Band, and Dothanjazz.com," as well as "the cities of Troy and Dothan, Alabama, and all the musicians of the Southeast. Keep doing what you're doing." We'll say more in our thank-you video, coming in the next day or two...

Thanks so much for all who entered, and we look forward to offering another batch of music when we hit the 5,000 follower mark. Stay tuned!

Posted on March 30, 2010 and filed under Contest, Video.