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If you’re looking for something completely unique with maximum impact for your next conference or event then James Morrison should be highly considered. Perfect for an opener or closer James delivers an inspiring keynote presentation trumpet in hand assuring your audience receives an experience they won’t forget.

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Testimonials for James Morrison

The James Morrison Trio was an absolute standout. James is the ultimate professional.

Howards Storage World

 

Excellent. James Morrison was a pleasure to work with. Mr Morrison and his band were generous with their time and the performance was superb.

Camberwell Grammar School

 

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.

Australian Retailers Association

 

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've put on for the Welcome Dinner

Australian Industry Group

James Morrison Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

James Morrison's Biography

If you’re looking for something completely unique with maximum impact for your next conference or event then James Morrison should be highly considered. Perfect for an opener or closer James delivers an inspiring keynote presentation trumpet in hand assuring your audience receives an experience they won’t forget.  

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, and piano.   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 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 worlds 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. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia. In 1997, James was recognised for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia..  

James is also the artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony’s “Kaleidoscope” series, which has included performances by Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Gary Burton and Kristjan Jarvi. He spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries 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 on the Internet and also uses computers extensively in his writing, recording and performances. When not writing film scores, composing or being patron of several youth orchestras, James relaxes in some fairly unconventional ways for a musician - flying his private plane or driving in a rally championship. His love of cars is well known, as he is a host on the TV program Top Gear Australia.   With interests so broad and a career so filled with highlights it seems that James must have done just about everything he could want to do - but not so... When asked, what is there left to do? The typically ‘James’ reply is “This is just the warm up!”  

In 2012 Morrison was appointed as Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival for the 2013 and 2015 festivals and in 2013 was induced into the Allans Billy Hydge Graeme Bell Hall of Fame at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards.