JAMES MORRISON QUARTET (AUSTRALIA) appearing as special guest of WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA (UK) directed by David Little
Saturday 14th July
ROBIN PARK INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE
£25 / £23
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 recordings are best sellers and James works with the cream of the world’s best performers. Ray Brown called him “The Genius” and Dizzy Gillespie called him “One of The Best” but Wynton Marsalis summed it up: “Man, James Morrison can play!”
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, 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 USA 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.
Now 54, 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. On International Jazz Day 2016, James was a guest of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. James has performed his own Concerto with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna and has appeared as a guest with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Proms and many of the world’s major orchestras.
The James Morrison Quartet is one of the world’s most in demand jazz ensembles.
The group, a trio of jazz guitar, jazz bass and drums, has been performing with James Morrison, wowing audiences and making award winning music in its current formation since early 2015. In that short time, the group has taken the international music scene by storm appearing at major world festivals such as the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London with jazz superstar Dianne Reeves and the BBC Concert Orchestra; the Prague Proms Festival at Smetna Hall with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra; the Festival of Jazz de Valencia at the Palau de la Musica in Spain; the National Arts Festival in South Africa; the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with Grammy Award winning diva Patti Austin and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and International Jazz Day with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival Theatre and Grammy Award winning artist Gordon Goodwin.
Made up of musicians William Morrison, Harry Morrison and Patrick Danao, in Australia the group is a house-hold name and has performed for the Australian Prime Minister and the Australian Ambassador to the United States as well as at the Sydney Opera House, The Arts Centre in Melbourne, Llewelyn Hall and the National Press Club in Canberra and the Gold Coast Arts Centre in Queensland. Patrick Danao has recently been signed as an exclusive artist endorsing Viennese world leading instrument makers, Schagerl.
The James Morrison Quartet has performed at all the world’s most famous jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s in London, The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh and Porgy and Bess in Vienna. In 2017, the group have been invited to perform at The Green Mill in Chicago as well as the legendary Newport Beach Jazz Party. In 2018, the group will appear at the Bern International Jazz Festival as well as with the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
The group has released two critically acclaimed albums in the last two years. “The Great American Songbook” recorded at Abbey Road in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra charted on both the Australian ARIA Pop and Jazz Charts and remained on the Jazz Charts for 11 weeks. The release was awarded Best Jazz Album at the 2017 ARIA Awards. In November 2017, the group featured on “Ella and Louis” released by ABC Jazz with Patti Austin and James Morrison. In March 2018, ABC Jazz will release “From Midnight ‘till Dawn” – an album exclusively featuring the quartet. The group has also appeared on national radio in the UK on BBC3’s In Tune program.
In addition to Gordon Goodwin, Patti Austin and Dianne Reeves, among other world renowned artists the group has performed with are Grammy Award winner Wycliffe Gordon, Grammy Award winner Jeff Clayton, Grammy Nominated Jazzmeia Horn and the Grammy Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band.