Born: July 11, 1968
Carol Morgan is a jazz trumpeter, composer, educator and author who resides in NYC. Originally from Texas, she is a Juilliard graduate who has worked with many remarkable teachers including Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, Ingrid Jensen, and Dennis Dotson.
Carol's discography includes five CD's as a leader. Retroactive (2013) includes many of her original compositions and features Mike Stern and Chris Cortez among a cast of New York and Houston musicians. A 2011 release, The Carol Morgan Quartet CD, Blue Glass Music received 4 1/2 stars in a DownBeat magazine review. The Carol Morgan Trio CD, Opening, with Harvie S and Rich DeRosa was signed by Blue Bamboo Music and released in early 2010. Other session work includes solo outings, Classic Morgana and Passing Time with the Carol Morgan Quintet, as well as filling side-person roles on releases by DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, NPR's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Thomas Helton, Henry Darragh and Calvin Owens. As a composer she has been commissioned by DiverseWorks, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, the Arch-diocese of Houston/Galveston and St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Houston. In 2008, Carol authored what is now a highly-regarded method for jazz improvisation—a textbook entitled The Practicing Improviser....
- Retroactive by C. Michael Bailey
- Blue Glass Music by Hrayr Attarian
- Blue Glass Music by C. Michael Bailey
- Opening by C. Michael Bailey
- Opening by Raul d'Gama Rose
- Opening by Andrew
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to have attended a set by Carol Morgan’s jazz trio at the prestigious Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. I was immediately impressed by her confidence and maturity as a soloist and a bandleader. Her willingness to explore less-travelled pathways in her improvisation and simultaneously sound easy and flowing marks her as an important voice on the trumpet.—Joel Frahm, Anzic Records Recording Artist
“She moves from brassy assertive playing to great delicacy: Carol Morgan is someone to hear and to admire.”—Michael Steinman, Cadence magazine
“Morgan plays with beauty and command, illustrating something between hard bop and mainstream...
LocationNew York, NY
Credentials/BackgroundLessons open for students of all experience levels and ages. Currently available for teaching improvisation for any instrumentalist or vocalist. Credentials: MM The Juilliard School, 1994; BM The University of TX, 1991. Experience: 8 years full-time college music professor; 25 years private teaching as a free-lance musician. Carol is currently a Teaching Artist for the New York Pops. ONLINE and face-to-face instruction available....