Set One: 7:30pm-8:20pm
Set Two: 8:40pm-9:30pm
Playing times are approximate, venue closes at 10:00pm
The name “James Morrison” is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician and an all round entertainer. He is constantly on the move, touring everywhere and anywhere fine music has an audience. His CDs are best sellers and James works with the cream of the world’s best performers. Ray Brown calls him “The Genius” but Wynton Marsalis said it best: “Man, James Morrison can play!”
Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, double bass and piano.
Bursting onto the international stage at age 16, James debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Following this were appearances at Europe’s major festivals including Montreaux, Pori, North Sea, Nice and Bern – playing with many of the legends of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. There were also gigs in the world’s most famous jazz clubs – The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris, The Tokyo Blue Note and Ronnie Scotts in London.
Now 51, James Morrison’s career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia.
James has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Bill Cosby’s All Stars and guested with many great artists as diverse as jazz superstars Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones and rock legends INXS.
An avid user of the latest technologies, James is very involved in furthering the presence of jazz and music education on the Internet and also uses cutting edge tech extensively in his writing, recording and performances. James has been recognized for his service to the arts in Australia by being awarded a medal of The Order of Australia by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with particular mention of his contribution to music education.
With interests so broad and a career so filled with highlights it seems that James must have done just about everything he could want to do. When asked “What is there left to do?” James’s typical reply is “This is just the warm up!”