JAMES LEADS JAZZ TRIBUTE
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.”
James Morrison will pay tribute to some of jazz music’s greats.