Track

Joe Morris

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: September 13, 1955    

Joe Morris

Joe Morris was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 1955. At the age of 12 he took lessons on the trumpet for one year. He started on guitar in 1969 at the age of 14. He played his first professional gig later that year. With the exception of a few lessons he is self-taught. The influence of Jimi Hendrix and other guitarists of that period led him to concentrate on learning to play the blues. Soon thereafter his sister gave him a copy of John Coltrane's OM which inspired him to learn about Jazz and New Music. From age 15 to 17 he attended a student run alternative High School called The Unschool in downtown New Haven next to the campus of Yale University. Taking advantage of the open learning style of the school he spent most of his time day and night playing music with other students, listening to ethnic folk, blues, jazz, and classical music on record at the public library and attending the various concerts and recitals on the Yale campus. He worked to establish his own voice on guitar in a free jazz context from the age of 17. Drawing on the influence of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor,Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman as well as the AACM, BAG, and the many European improvisers of the '70s. Later he would draw influence from traditional West African string music, Messian, Ives, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. After high school he performed in rock bands, rehearsed in jazz bands and played totally improvised music with friends until 1975 when he moved to Boston....
read more

  • Plymouth

    RareNoiseRecords
    2014
  • Graffiti In Two Parts

    Rogue Art
    2013
  • Part And Parcel

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2013
  • Altitude

    AUM Fidelity
    2012
  • From The Discrete To The Particular

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2012
  • Ambrosia

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2011
  • Tooth And Nail

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2010
View More Albums

This information is provided by discogs.com or the profile administrator.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Joe Morris events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 772 Views: 12,778 Fans: 6

Weekly Giveaways

Peter Lerner

Peter Lerner

About | Enter

Jamie Saft

Jamie Saft

About | Enter

Sun Trio

Sun Trio

About | Enter

Paul Bley

Paul Bley

About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how