Accessibility Links

James Morrison - The Wizard From Oz

53m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1989

James Morrison is one of our best known jazz musicians who can play almost anything he tries : trumpet of course, but most other brass instruments, piano, bass…the list goes on.

He’s also a great ambassador for Australian jazz around the world having played with many of the greats including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.

This is a personal perspective on the life and music of jazz multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. We encounter his family, friends and musical colleagues, who shed light on the man and his music.

Review: “James Morrison is the hottest jazz musician from Australia to emerge onto the international scene. A superbly talented multi-instrumentalist, he has no peers on jazz trumpet, trombone or euphonium and his U.S. debut, at the Village Vanguard in New York, prompted veteran jazz writer Leonard Feather to rate him as “a sure bet for jazz superstardom.”

This film taps into Morrison’s dynamic energy and boundless creativity and features him in concert in Australia, with his mentor Don Burrows; at the Montreux Jazz festival; and in a creative improvisation session with the Australian artist Ken Done.

Done develops a canvas in response to Morrison’s performance and Morrison, in turn, responds to the painter at work. Colleagues and jazz peers, such as Dizzy Gillespie, discuss his unique blend of technique, confidence and charisma.

In spite of so much international acclaim, Morrison remains firmly based in Australia and pays tribute to his family and the church as providing the underlying soul and gospel feel to his high energy jazz.

The highlight of the program is footage of Morrison rehearsing and performing with the World Superband, in New York.”


Don Featherstone


Jon Ossher


Lee Smith


Ray Henman A.C.S.


Rob Stalder

Associate Producer

Martin Guinness


Andrew McLean


Roger Boyle


Kim Batterham


Graham Wyse


Geoff White






Don Featherstone Productions

Bonus Content

Morrison at SingJazz

1h 1m

James Morrison’s full set at the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014.

0’00 Opener

6’10 I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

16’37 Zog’s Jog

22’23 Here’s That Rainy Day

29’30 Bennos Blues

40’25 Night In Tunisia

55’00 The Call

Morrison Quartet SOH


The James Morrison Quartet is one of the world’s most in demand jazz ensembles.

00:33 The Good Life

10:32 In The Silence of the Night

17:42 Love Man

26:09 You Don’t Know What Love Is

35:21 The Autumn Leaves

43:55 The Fox

James Morrison - Trumpet/Piano

Ebunoluwa Daramola - Drums

William Morrison - Guitar

Phil Stack - Bass

Patrick Lefevre - Sax __ SUBSCRIBE to Sydney Opera House:

Tribute to Louis Armstrong w/WASO

2h 30m

James Morrison performs a Tribute To Louis Armstrong with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 30 July 2011 at Perth Concert Hall, Contempo Series.

Benjamin Northey conductor

James Morrison trumpet

Emma Pask vocalist

26:11 All of Me

32:20 On the Sunny Side of the Street

37:45 Stardust

46:38 Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On

53:28 Der Treuer Husar (Don’t Cry My Love)

58:09 What a Wonderful World

1:22:25 Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

1:30:45 Up a Lazy River

1:39:47 St James Infirmary Blues

1:52:19 The Nearness of You

2:03:07 Makin’ Whoopie

2:11:05 I’m Old Fashioned

2:17:58 When the Saints Go Marching In

2:23:14 Mack the Knife

Morrison at Burghausen 2004

1h 41m

00:00 - Still Dangerous

12:12 - Da Speech

25:19 - Self Portrait

35:49 - On The Edge

49:35 - Nature Boy

01:07:58 - St. James Infirmary

01:21:13 - Caravan

01:35:26 - Basin Street Blues

01:40:55 - end credits

James Morrison - trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, piano

Matthew Jodrell - trumpet, flugelhorn, piano

Troy Roberts - tenor sax

Simon Stockhausen - keyboards, soprano sax

Dane Alderson - bass

Sunil Di Silva - percussion

Andrew Fisenden - drums

Morrison with Ray Brown at Umbria Jazz 1993


Milestones 0:00

Bass face 5:43

Rockin’ in Rhythm Ellington Medley 13:34 -Take the A Train -Sophisticated Lady -Do nothing ‘til you hear from me

Conttontail 22:03

You are my sunshine 25:46

Seven steps to heaven 34:05

Blues for James 39:07

Things ain’t what they used to be 43:20

You may also like

Ross Edwards - Dance of Nature
52m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1995
Meryl Tankard - The Black Swan
56m Dance, Arts, Biography, Documentary 1995
Peter Sculthorpe - There's No Time
55m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1990
Brett Whiteley - Difficult Pleasure
55m Arts, Painting, Biography, Documentary 1989
Blanche d'Alpuget - Wrestling With The Angel
55m Art, Biography, Writing, Documentary 1995
Arthur Boyd - Figures In The Landscape
51m Art, Painter, Biography, Documentary 1985
Peter Carey - Beautiful Lies
55m Arts, Writing, Biography, Documentary 1986
Robyn Archer - Lowering The Tone
55m Arts, Biography, Performance, Documentary 1993
Ernie Dingo - Oondamooroo
53m Arts, Biography, Performance, Documentary 1992
Les Murray - The Daylight Moon
54m Art, Poetry, Biography, Documentary 1992
George Gittoes - I Witness
55m Art, Painting, Biography, Documentary 1999
Robert Helpmann - Tales of Helpmann
50m Arts, Dance, Biography, Documentary 1990

Download the app to view your purchased content!