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James Morrison to perform with Co-op

 Jazz legend James Morrison is coming to Scotland for the first time in 20 years. In what is anticipated to be one of the musical highlights of the year for all music lovers in the North, James will be performing at the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday November 20th, supported by Scotland’s most successful band, the Co-operative Funeralcare Band. 

James Morrison is, put simply, one of the finest musicians of his generation. As I write, I find it difficult to describe him as a ‘trumpeter’, or a ‘jazz pianist’, as this man plays virtually every instrument in a standard big band. Perusing YouTube led me to a 2011 track called ‘Snappy Too’, which features Morrison covering the roles of sixteen players. Instruments as diverse as the double bass and the alto saxophone are commandingly negotiated with flair. The best description I can think of for James, and this barely does him justice, is a ‘virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer’. 

He started early, taking up the piano at the young age of six. At seven he was playing brass, and at nine he had formed his first band. By the age of thirteen James was performing professionally. At sixteen James debuted in the USA with a concert at the celebrated Monterey Jazz Festival.  

James has more awards and accolades than anyone could hope to list in a short article like this. What you need to know is that he has rubbed shoulders with the crème de la crème of jazz musicians, from Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones, from Wynton Marsalis to B.B. King. He’s also performed with the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra with whom he recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony. He’s even established his own Academy of Music, dedicated to the teaching of jazz.
James’ versatility is evident in the sheer diversity of his exploits. Not only is he known to jazz lovers around the world; his reach is far greater than that. In 2000 he was asked to write and perform the opening fanfare for the Olympic Games in Sydney. He’s also performed his own Concerto for Euphonium with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, he’s even had a stint presenting Top Gear Australia! 

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band will be joining James on stage at the Concert Hall in Perth, under the baton of Allan Ramsay. ‘This will be a truly momentous occasion’, Allan explained. ‘James hasn’t performed in Scotland for 20 years, so having the pleasure of his company will feel all the more special for the band and audience alike’. Band Chairman Chris Davies echoed Allan's excitement, ‘there are few musicians that have the ability to appeal to such a broad audience as James Morrison. This concert promises to be a truly momentous evening which we’re all looking forward to’. 

Tickets for the concert are available from the box office at Perth Concert Hall for £22, or £18 for concessions. It takes place 
on Sunday November 20th at 7pm. Book your tickets now to secure your seat in front of this inspirational performer!       

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