James Morrison

Australian Jazz Legend

James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, double bass and piano.

At only age 16 James debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe 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 and Ronnie scotts in London. 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, performing royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Us Presidents Bush & Clinton. In 1997, James was recognised for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia. James was also the artistic advisor to the Sydney symphony’s “kaleidoscope” series, spending much of his time running masterclasses and workshops internationally and presenting the James Morrison Jazz scholarship at Generations in Jazz. An avid user of the latest technologies James is very involved in furthering the presence of jazz and music education online. The latest chapter in his diverse career sees James appointed as Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival

Lunch & Artist Talk

Brisbane Festival and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia present an intimate conversation with celebrated Australian director/choreographer Meryl Tankard and jazz legend James Morrison.