JAMES LEADS JAZZ TRIB­UTE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

JAMES Mor­ri­son is a man in­debted to jazz’s past and com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing its fu­ture.

Next month the 54-year-old trum­pet vir­tu­oso will team up with Amer­i­can singer Patti Austin in a trib­ute to jazz gi­ants Ella Fitzger­ald and Louis Arm­strong.

The con­cert will put Mor­ri­son and Austin to­gether with the WASO Big Band Horns.

Mor­ri­son said it was hear­ing Arm­strong play Basin Street Blues as a seven-year-old that set him on his way.

“Hear­ing him was what made me want to be a jazz mu­si­cian,” Mor­ri­son said.

“The feel of that mu­sic – I said ‘That’s that I want to do’.”

The con­cert with Austin marks 100 years since the birth of ac­claimed singer Ella Fitzger­ald.

“We’re do­ing this trib­ute to Ella and Louis, two of the greats, but Patti is one of the greats her­self,” Mor­ri­son said.

“She’s a Grammy Award-win­ning artist.”

Once a wun­derkind of Aus­tralian jazz, Mor­ri­son is now bridg­ing gen­er­a­tions.

His two sons, bassist Harry (19) and gui­tarist Wil­liam (21), are part of his tour­ing band.

“Play­ing with younger mu­si­cians is a great tra­di­tion in jazz,” he said.

“The youth bring some­thing else to the mu­sic.”

Greig John­ston

James Mor­ri­son will pay trib­ute to some of jazz mu­sic’s greats.

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