Jazz music virtuosos James Morrison is an award winning multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to the trumpet also plays trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophone, double bass 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. James has played with many of the legends of jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis.
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, performed concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House - Covent Garden for Princess Anne. He has featured in Royal Command Performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and performed for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia. In 1997, James was recognized for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia.
He spends much of his time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and presenting the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship at Generations in Jazz in Mount Gambier. 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 car championship.
The latest chapter in his diverse career sees James appointed as Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival - a State-wide music initiative whose vision is to "transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences."