James Morrison is an Australian jazz musician. Although he plays a large assortment of instruments, people know him best for his trumpet playing abilities. His long list of instruments includes the alto saxophone, the soprano saxophone, the clarinet, the tenor saxophone, the baritone saxophone, the trombone, the flugelhorn, the euphonium, the piano and the tuba.
James Morrison was the first Australian to play with Dizzy Gillespie. He has also performed with such greats as the Don Burrows Band, B.B. King and Ray Charles. Besides live performances, he also collaborated and worked with Whitney Houston, Ray Brown, Frank Sinatra, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sanddoval and many more talented musicians.
Throughout the years, he has been involved in many aspects of jazz, including the adjudication of Generations In Jazz with Ross Irwin and Graeme Lyall. This is an event that takes place every year in May as a competition for school big bands in Australia.