Virtuoso jazz musician, James Morrison, is a multi-instrumentalist who is highly regarded in the international music world. Mostly known as a trumpet player, he is also a brilliant technician on trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophones and piano. A musician of startling originality, James was first noticed overseas as a precocious teenager, when he represented Australia at Jazz Festivals in Monterey and Los Angeles.
James is head of Morrison Records an independent label dedicated to the best of jazz. He also spends time in education, master classes and workshops in many countries. He is patron of six youth bands and awards a yearly scholarship to further the music education of young Australians.
As well as winning the MO Award as Australian Performer of the Year (1990) and the Ricky May Performer of the Year award, James has had an impact on the international stage. From 1992 to 1994, he headlined a critically acclaimed world tour with The Ray Brown Trio, playing in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Malaysia, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Finland and Germany. He has appeared internationally with his own group and as soloist alongside Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Whitney Houston, Dizzy Gillespie and the Philip Morris Superb.
In 1997, James was awarded the Order of Australia and in 2000, he appeared at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics..
Jazz Legend James Morrison performs Il Silenzio and speaks on his Passion for MusicJames Morrison performs 'Il Silenzio' with two young trumpeters and speaks on his big break when spotted at New York Italian restaurant Arturo's by a major agent, performing at Bradley's and in Europe with Cab Calloway, and of the importance of always playing your best, regardless of where you are.
James Morrison and Emma Pask with Introduction by Jean KittsonJames Morrison Trio at the Saxton Sydney Corporate Luncheon November 2008. James Morrison, is a multi-instrumentalist who is highly regarded in the international music world. Mostly known as a trumpet player, he is also a brilliant technician on trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophones and piano.
James Morrison, Emma Paske and Phillip Stack were fantastic. Amazing rapport on stage and technically they were brilliant. Morrison is a born performer. Definitely the best entertainment we' ... keep readingve put on for the Welcome Dinner… Delegates at the National Forum were given an evaluation form and asked to rate the entertainment on Sunday night (James Morrison Trio). The results are as follows: 1.6% good, 19.7% very good, 78.7% excellent. Australian Industry Group
Feedback has all been 100% positive.
Excellent. James Morrison was a pleasure to work with. Mr Morrison and his band were generous with their time and the performance was superb.
The presentation received considerable praise from those present for the thought provoking issues that you raised and for the interesting manner in which you presented those issues.
The James Morrison Trio was an absolute standout. James is the ultimate professional.