January 30, 2020
McKinney Performing Arts Center, Courtroom Theater
111 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
James Morrison Is A Virtuoso In The True Sense of The Word
James Morrison with Texins Jazz Band and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Jazz Band
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass. At the age of seven, he was given his first instrument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed just as quickly. At age sixteen James debuted in the U.S. with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe including Montreux, 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 Scott’s in London.
Other career highlights include performing at the Hollywood Bowl with Dave Brubeck and guesting with artists as diverse as Phil Collins, Chaka Khan and rock legends INXS. In 2000, James composed and performed the opening fanfare for the Olympic Games in Sydney. James was also the artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony’s “Kaleidoscope” series, which has included performances by Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves and Gary Burton. James even recorded a big band album and played every part except the drums.
He spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and presenting the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship at the world’s largest youth jazz festival, Generations in Jazz.
Texons Jazz Band is a Dallas, Texas-based big band now in their 34th year. They have performed with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Phil Woods, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Delfeayo Marsalis, Frank Mantooth, Blue Lou Marini, and Tom Bones Malone.
The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) Jazz Band features some of the best local high school musicians in the DFW area performing together in an all-star ensemble.