James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophone, and double bass.
James began playing professionally at the age of 13. He enrolled in the jazz course at the Sydney Conservatorium, and before graduating, was touring with his mentor, Don Burrows. It wasn’t long before he began making waves internationally, performing at major European jazz festivals (Montreux, Pori, North Sea), sharing the stage with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Herbie Hancock, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Wynton Marsalis.
James has maintained a busy performance schedule throughout his career, whether leading his own band or appearing as a guest soloist with the Philip Morris Superband, the London Symphony Orchestra or the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.
James has been recognized for his service to the arts in Australia by being awarded a medal of The Order of Australia in 1997; and he was added to the Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame at the 2013 Bell Awards. He is a Doctor of the University of Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has also received a Doctor of Music from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow.
The latest chapter in his diverse career sees James in Mount Gambier, South Australia, establishing the James Morrison Academy of Music - an innovative school dedicated to teaching jazz, offering an Associate Degree in Music. This exciting initiative involves educators from all over the world transforming young musicians’ lives with inspiration and a love of jazz.
James will be bringing a different line up for 13 and 14 October so if you decide to book both nights you can be assured of great diversity.