Joe Morris 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.

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March 12, 2014

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October 29, 2011

Matthew Shipp and Joe Morris - Broken Partials (Nottwo, 2011) ****

October 13, 2011

Matthew Shipp and Joe Morris - Broken Partials (Not Two, 2011)

July 20, 2011

Joe Morris and Agusta- Ferna Ndez - Ambrosia (Riti Records, 2011) ****

January 04, 2011

Joe Morris - Sensor (Nobusiness, 2010)

November 20, 2010

Joe Morris and Luther Gray - Creatures (Nottwo, 2010)

October 19, 2009

Jazz Guitarist Joe Morris Does It His Way

October 14, 2009

The Jazz Session #96: Joe Morris

July 12, 2009

Bjork in Full-Throated Plumage, Jazz in a Calmer Key

May 26, 2008

Jim Hobbs, Joe Morris, Luther Gray - The Story of Mankind (Not Two,...

May 21, 2008

Anthony Braxton and Joe Morris - Four Improvisations (Duo) 2007 (Clean...

April 07, 2008

Firehouse 12 to Present the Joe Morris Quartet This Friday 4/11

April 04, 2006

Alvin Fielder & Kidd Jordan w/ Joe Morris at Firehouse 12

October 27, 2004

Vision Club Presents Joe Morris Trio w/ Louis Belogenis and Rashid Bakr...

August 15, 2002

Joe Morris Trio + Other Dimensions In Music at the Triad

June 22, 2002

Joe Morris Relaunches Riti Records With Two New Releases


Albums by Joe Morris

Album Shock Axis by Joe Morris

Shock Axis

Relative Pitch Records

Album Balance by Joe Morris


Clean Feed Records

Album Plymouth by Joe Morris




Part And Parcel

Kedar Entertainment Group


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