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James Morrison and Bird's Big Band


Mon 6 Jun 2016, 6:00pm–11:30pm

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


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Listed by: harveypr

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, saxophone, and double bass.

James began playing professionally at the age of 13. He enrolled in the jazz course at the Sydney Conservatorium, and before graduating, was touring with his mentor, Don Burrows. It wasn’t long before he began making waves internationally, performing at major European jazz festivals (Montreux, Pori, North Sea), sharing the stage with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Herbie Hancock, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Wynton Marsalis.

James has maintained a busy performance schedule throughout his career, whether leading his own band or appearing as a guest soloist with the Philip Morris Superband, the London Symphony Orchestra or the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.

James has been recognized for his service to the arts in Australia by being awarded a medal of The Order of Australia in 1997; and he was added to the Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame at the 2013 Bell Awards. He is a Doctor of the University of Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has also received a Doctor of Music from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow.

The latest chapter in his diverse career sees James in Mount Gambier, South Australia, establishing the James Morrison Academy of Music - an innovative school dedicated to teaching jazz, offering an Associate Degree in Music. This exciting initiative involves educators from all over the world transforming young musicians’ lives with inspiration and a love of jazz.

Bird’s Big Band is a stellar ensemble, under the direction of renowned composer and arranger, Andrew Murray. Having won the inaugural National Big Band Competition for composition/arrangement in 2009, Andrew formed his ATM 15, to explore his ideas of how the traditional big band approach could be given a more contemporary edge. The ATM 15 has released 2 albums, and is still going strong.

With Bird’s Big Band, Andrew will place more emphasis on the classic, swinging repertoire, given the depth and power of sound that only a big band can deliver. The band will feature some of Melbourne’s top improvising musicians, with some of Melbourne’s finest jazz singers set to join the band as occasional featured guests.

Michael Fraser, Paddy McMullin, Mat Jodrell (trumpets); Alistair Parsons, Andrew Murray, Michael Potts (trombones); Tim Wilson, Carlo Barbaro, Stephen Byth, Lachie McLean (saxophones), Darrin Archer (piano), Tamara Murphy (bass), Hugh Harvey (drums).

You can't miss the big sound of Bird's Big band sound with James. This is classic James Morrison at his best.

Doors open 6pm for 7:45pm show
Doors open 9:30pm for 10pm show