James Morrison (AUS)

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April 2023

Wynton Marsalis will have to think about practicing again, because judging by the reactions of the audience, a superstar of the traditional is announced here. (Ljubisa Tosic, The Standard)

Legendary Ray Brown, but also his fans all over the world, have long since awarded him the luxury award "The Genius" - and anyone who has seen and heard the mid-thirties James Morrison from Australia live can confirm that the hymns of praise on these grandiose jazz musicians are not an advertising fad, but correspond to reality. In addition to its trumpet (including Bach trumpet), the flexible multi-virtuoso includes the trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, saxophone, piano and the digital trumpet, which has been in existence since 1982 - visually like an extended telephone receiver, and through the artistry of Master Morrison, a mix of pan flute parts and Hammondor organ sound.

Salzburger Nachrichten: Anything Morrison does, be it trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone or tuba (which he borrowed from an ensemble member for a short time), turns into brilliant brass gold. The fantasy of this multi-musician is almost unlimited, who invents his kind words in a relaxed chatter tone (the list of the program sequence he has buried somewhere on his desk filled with notes or not) as if from the moment. This creates an atmosphere of serene calmness and surprising effects, also in combination with the animated band.

Morrison even cuts a masterful figure on the piano - and at the same time can rely on a brilliant dialogue partner on bass. Always in a humorous dialogue (with Thelonious Monk), he does it in one person at the end and perfect like everything else: in the right hand the trumpet, the left in a duo accompanying on the piano keyboard. It was a surprise that the circus bravura act was followed by real standing ovations. (Press release)


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PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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