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Joe Morris


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Joe Morris is widely considered to be one of the most original and important jazz musicians of our time. Down Beat Magazine called him "the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation. . . ". Will Montgomery writing in WIRE magazine called him “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the US.” He is originally from New Haven, Connecticut. He began playing in 1969 at the age of 14 and is self-taught. He moved to Boston in 1975 and resided there until 1986 and again from 1989-2001. In 1981 he co-founded Boston Improvisers Group (BIG). He was involved throughout his time in Boston in organizing concerts, festivals and performance series at local venues that featured Boston based musicians as well as nationally known Americans and Europeans. In 1983 he started RITI records and released his first recording “Wraparound”. He cites Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Leroy Jenkins, Thelonious Monk, Jimi Hendrix, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Lyons, Ornette Coleman and West African string music as major influences. He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, David S. Ware, Han Bennink, Joe Maneri, Ken Vandermark, Barre Phillips, Paul Rutherford, Rob Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, DKV Trio, Aaly Trio, Daniel Carter. Rashid Bakr, Wilbur Morris, Dewey Redman, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Andrew Cyrille, Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Fred Anderson, Ivo Perlman, Andrea Parkins, Hamid Drake, Thurman Barker, Fred Hopkins, Bern Nix, Joe McPhee, Billy Bang, Lowell Davidson, Peter Kowald, Simon Fell, Roy Campbell Jr, Raphe' Malik, Whit Dickey, Sabir Mateen, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Warren Smith, Time Berne, Suzie Ibarra, Mat Maneri and many others. He has also performed as a member of William Parker's Organic Ensemble, Pipeline 2000, Jim Hobbs Ghost Band, Alan Silva's Celestial Communications Orchestra, Simon Fell Orchestra and in a large ensemble led by Leroy Jenkins. He currently leads various groups including Abstract Forest, a 20+ piece improvising ensemble, as well as performing solo, in duos and as a freelance guitarist and double bassist. He is featured as leader, co-leader and sideman on over 50 recordings. Many of his recordings as a leader have been named among Writer's Choice (best of the year) in the Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Wire, Coda, and Jazziz. He was the first guitarist to lead a session ("Symbolic Gesture" 1994) on the Soul Note/Black Saint Label. In addition to his own Riti Records, he has recorded for the labels AUM Fidelity, Thirsty Ear, Ayler, Knitting Factory, Okka Disc, OmniTone, Avant, Incus, Hat Hut, ECM, Leo, Homestead, NoMore, About Time, Clean Feed, Skycap and Rogue Art, Ayler and Cunieform. He was nominated for a 2001Cal Arts Alpert Award. He has performed workshops and master classes in a wide variety of settings throughout North America and Europe. He has taught improvisation and/or guitar on the faculty at Tufts University Experimental College, Southern Connecticut State University, and New School University. He is currently on the faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at New England Conservatory and in the Modern American Music Department at Longy School of Music.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Joe Morris Friday, May 26, 2017, 10:00p
Carl Testa - Sn featuring Joe Morris Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:30p
Evan Parker | Joe Morris | Nate Wooley Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00p
Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate New Music for Bill Dixon Friday, March 15, 2013, 10:00p
Noah Kaplan Quartet Friday, April 27, 2012, 10:00p
Agustí Fernández / Joe Morris Friday, October 29, 2010, 10:00p
The Steve Lantner Trio Friday, September 19, 2008, 10:00p
Joe Morris Quartet Friday, April 11, 2008, 10:00p
Barre Phillips/Joe Morris Duo Sunday, June 18, 2006, 9:00p
Alvin Fielder & Kidd Jordan w/ Joe Morris Friday, June 16, 2006, 9:30p
Daniel Levin Quartet Saturday, June 3, 2006, 10:00p
Joe Morris Septet Saturday, October 1, 2005, 10:00p
Han Bennink Duo Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 8:00p

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