James Morrison (músico)

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James Morrison
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Nacimiento 11 de noviembre de 1962 Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata (55 años)
Sídney, Australia Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Nacionalidad Australiana Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
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Ocupación Actor, trompetista, guionista, saxofonista, compositor, músico de jazz, trombón y pianista Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Género Jazz Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Instrumentos Saxofón, trompeta, trombón y piano Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
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James Lloyd Morrison AM (11 de noviembre de 1962, Boorowa, Nueva Gales del Sur) es músico multi-instrumental de jazz australiano conocido por su interpretación de trompeta. Ha ejecutado el saxofón soprano, alto, tenor y barítono; el clarinete, fliscorno, trompeta baja, trombón, tuba, bombardino, double bass y piano. Es también compositor, escribiendo para formaciones de jazz de diversos tamaños y niveles de profesionalismo.

Compuso y ejecutó la fanfarria de apertura de los Juegos Olímpicos de Sídney 2000. En 2009 comenzó a presentar Top Gear Australia junto con Steve Pizzati y Warren Brown. En los ARIA Music Awards de 2010, Morrison y un grupo a capella, The Idea of North, ganaron el premio al mejor álbum de jazz por su colaboración en Feels Like Spring. En 2012 James fue propuesto como director artístico del Queensland Music Festival para los festivales de 2013 y 2015. En 2013, James ingresó en el Salón de la Fama Allans Billy Hyde Graeme Bell 2013 en los premios Australian Jazz Bell.[1]​ En julio de 2013 James condujo la mayor orquesta del mundo en el Suncorp Stadium de Brisbane, compuesta por 7.224 músicos.

En marzo de 2015 abrió la Academia de Música James Morrison en Mount Gambier, en el sur de Australia -una escuela de jazz de nivel terciario que ofrece un grado en interpretación de jazz. La Academia JM está afiliada con la Universidad del Sur de Australia y ofrece un enfoque innovador a la enseñanza del jazz.

Morrison es conocido en España por tocar el himno español incorrecto en la final de la Copa Davis en Australia en 2003. En lugar de interpretar el actual himno español, la Marcha Real, él interpretó el Himno de Riego, que había sido himno oficial de España hasta el fin del período democrático de la II República[2][3]​ causando el enfado del Secretario de Estado para el Deporte, que prohibió a los jugadores españoles iniciar el partido hasta que no sonase la Marcha Real, el himno oficial de España.[4][5]​ Morrison confirmó posteriormente que había aprendido por error la melodía incorrecta porque le habían dado la partitura equivocada.


Morrison comes from a musical family; his older brother John Morrison is a highly regarded jazz drummer. In 1983 they formed a 13-piece big band, the Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band. John and James have also worked together on many other projects and recordings. His father was a church minister.[6]​ His sister is a trumpeter and his mother plays alto sax and piano.

The discovery and development of young talented musicians has always been important to Morrison. He found his regular vocalist, Emma Pask, at a school concert, aged 16, and she has since gone on to become an internationally renowned jazz singer. Morrison sponsors yearly scholarships for young musicians, and is actively involved with several youth bands. His association with Generations In Jazz is his main avenue of support for young musicians in Australia.

Asociación con otros músicos[editar]

Morrison has performed with Dizzy Gillespie (the first Australian to do so), with Don Burrows, as a member of the Don Burrows Band, and with Ray Charles and B. B. King for a 1990 world tour. He has also worked with Ray Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Graeme Lyall, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Jon Faddis, Woody Shaw, Whitney Houston, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Stack, George Benson, Mark Nightingale, and Red Rodney.

In 2005, he was the guest soloist at the 150th anniversary concert of the Black Dyke Band and in 2007, he again appeared as guest soloist at concerts with the band in Manchester and London. In 2003 he founded the band On The Edge together with the German keyboarder and composer Simon Stockhausen (CD released on Morrison Records).

Morrison has also had a long association with Composer and pianist Lalo Schifrin (of Mission Impossible fame) and has recorded a number of CDs on Schifrin's "Jazz Meets The Symphony" series. These include recordings with the London Symphony and the Czech National Symphony.


As well as playing instruments, James Morrison has also had input into the process of creating them. In early 2010 he formed an association with Austrian brass manufacturer "Schagerl" and they have produced a number of "signature" models. These include two series - the custom, hand-made "Meister" series and the intermediate professional "Academica" series. There are trumpets and trombones in both series and the Meister series also includes a flugel horn and bass trumpet.

His new most prolific design is his new trumpet called "The Raven". The horn is unique for using rotary valves with a long lead pipe normally associated with a piston trumpet. As he describes in his blog: "The design comes from my wish to have a rotary valve instrument due to the different articulation you get compared to piston valves. I find the rotary sounds more precise and there is a smaller “dead spot” between when you push the valve and when the next note comes out clearly. This is particularly noticeable when playing quickly in the upper register (something I like to do)."

An earlier instrument creation project with designer and robotics expert Steve Marshall, produced the Morrison Digital Trumpet, a MIDI wind controller that looks and acts like a futuristic version of a regular trumpet. It allows a trumpeter to play electronic sounds in much the same way as a pianist can play an electronic synthesizer.

In addition, Morrison has broadened his love of musical technology to include vocal performing. On his collaboration album The Other Woman which features singer Deni Hines, he wrote a track called '(Tired Of Being) the other woman'. When Morrison performed this track at a performance in Sydney, he revealed his latest piece of music technology. It is a Roland keyboard (VP770) that has a microphone attached and 'sings' whatever Morrison speaks into the microphone - producing the sound of a choir.

James Morrison Studios[editar]

Morrison has also designed and built his own recording studio, located in Sydney. It is in continual use and has already recorded a vast array of quality Australian jazz musicians including Dan Clohesy, Jake Barden, Don Burrows, Liam Burrows, John Morrison, The Swing City Big Band, The Generations In Jazz Academy Big Band, Graeme Lyall and more. The studio has some of the world's latest and best equipment as well as over 5 different recording rooms.

Morrison played a duet with Australian soap star Craig McLachlan on the 500th episode anniversary show of Neighbours in 1989. He played the trumpet while McLachlan played the electric guitar.

Radio and TV presenter; Top Gear Australia and Behind The Wheel[editar]

  • For a number of years, Morrison has been the presenter of the in-flight jazz radio station for Qantas Airways.
  • In 1994, James presented Behind The Wheel, a motoring television series on Network Ten. Ten saw the benefits of a series like this and commissioned 18 episodes. It aired on a Tuesday night at 19:30 to an audience of 2,1 million viewers.

The pilot episode was produced by Tim Kupsch – Producer (ex 60 mins producer) Andy Wallace and James Morrison. Unlike Top Gear, the show ideas and script were largely conceived "on the fly" by James and Tim.

  • On 19 December 2008, presenter Charlie Cox announced his departure from Top Gear Australia due to lack of time. Morrison replaced him in the second season,[7][8]​ alongside Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati. He had appeared as the "Star in a Bog-Standard Car" in episode 6 of the first series. -->


  • 2013 - "Worlds Biggest Orchestra" - James Morrison promueve y conduce la mayor orquesta del mundo.
  • 2012 - "Live at Edge" - James Morrison interpreta canciones gospel clásicas en directo con músicos de The Edge Church.
  • 2011 - "Snappy Too" - James Morrison ejecuta una big band al completo con Jeff Hamilton en la batería.
  • 2010 - "Three's Company" - James Morison con Phil Stack y James Muller.
  • 2010 - Feels Like Spring - James Morrison y The Idea of North.
  • 2007 - Christmas
  • 2007 - The Other Woman - James Morrison y Deni Hines.
  • 2006 - Gospel Collection Volume II
  • 2006 - 2x2 - James Morrison y Joe Chindamo
  • 2005 - Gospel Collection
  • 2003 - On The Edge - con Simon Stockhausen
  • 2002 - So Far So Good
  • 2001 - Scream Machine
  • 1999 - European Sessions
  • 1998 - Three Minds
  • 1998 - Quartet
  • 1996 - Live At The Sydney Opera House - James Morrison con su Big Band
  • 1994 - Live In Paris - James Morrison y The Hot Horn Happening
  • 1993 - This Is Christmas
  • 1992 - Two The Max
  • 1991 - Manner Dangerous
  • 1990 - Snappy Doo
  • 1989 - Swiss Encounter - James Morrison y Adam Makowicz
  • 1988 - Postcards From Downunder
  • 1984 - Live At The Winery - James Morrison y The Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band
  • 1984 - A Night In Tunisia - James Morrison y The Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band

Como colaborador[editar]

Con Lalo Schifrin

Véase también[editar]


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