Origin Records is a jazz record label based in Seattle, Washington, founded in 1997. Originally started by Seattle drummer John Bishop, the label was conceived to help with the design, production, and distribution of jazz records made by his own groups as well as artists he's worked with over several decades.
With the help of John's former student, Matt Jorgensen, the label debuted on the web in 1998 and has made steady growth over the past 11 years.
Origin Records has expanded with OA2 Records (June 2002), and Origin Classical (April 2008). All of these record labels share the same goal of getting quality music out to the world through distribution and radio outlets.
In addition to the 3 labels, Origin has also produced the Ballard Jazz Festival since 2003. This event brings world-class artists to Seattle, to perform alongside many Northwest greats. Events of the festival include the Brotherhood of the Drum concert series, the Ballard Jazz Walk, and new in 2008, the Jazz Pancake Brunch.
The Ballard Jazz Festival was awarded "Northwest Concert of the Year" by Earshot Magazine in 2005.
In 2006 trumpeter Chad McCullough joined the Origin team as Artist Relations and Production Manager. 
At present, artists on the labels include: Joe Locke, Darrell Grant, Bobby Broom, New Stories, Deep Blue Organ Trio, Jessica Williams, John Bishop, Hal Galper, Matt Jorgensen, Thomas Marriott, Rich Cole, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, Anthony Branker, Greta Matassa, Chad McCullough, Ben Thomas, Liam Sillery, Jim McNeely, Kelly Sill, Paul Tynan, Kelly Brand, Geof Bradfield, Tim Green, Ben Paterson, Brad Goode, Don Lanphere, Sonando, Kyle Asche, Dan Cavanagh, Benny Powell, Clay Giberson, Seattle Trumpet Consort, Chris Walden, Courtney Fortune, Tom Tallitsch, Chuck Deardorf, Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz.