“Morris explores the post-bop landscape with a vision and maturity well beyond his years.”
— David A. Orthmann (All About Jazz)
“...it seems certain that Willie Morris will become an increasingly familiar name to jazz listeners for years to come.”
— Scott Yanow (Downbeat Magazine)
St. Louis native and New York-based saxophonist and composer Willie Morris emerges as a fresh and exciting force on the jazz scene. With a deep-rooted appreciation for the Black-American art forms that have flourished in his city, he brings a dynamic and unique perspective to his craft.
In this early stage of his career, Willie has already been blessed with remarkable opportunities that have allowed him to perform and record alongside a distinguished lineup of artists. Collaborating with esteemed musicians such as Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Jason Marsalis, Montez Coleman, Josh Lawrence, Donald Edwards, Boris Kozlov, Rudy Royston, and Art Hirahara, among others, Willie has had the privilege of immersing himself in diverse musical settings that have expanded his artistic horizons.
A testament to his extraordinary talent, Willie's debut album, "Conversation Starter" (Posi-Tone 2023), serves as a platform for showcasing his exceptional abilities. Teaming up with an exceptional band consisting of Patrick Cornelius, Jon Davis, Adi Meyerson, and EJ Strickland, the album embodies the depth and range of Willie's musical prowess. Through his soulful saxophone melodies and innovative compositions, Willie delivers a captivating listening experience that resonates with audiences on a profound level. Willie will release his sophomore album “Attentive Listening” on Posi-Tone Records March 1st, 2024.
Conversation Starter: Signed CD
Rising star tenor saxophonist Willie Morris unleashes a clarion call of jubilation with his debut album "Conversation Starter." With an engaging and well-balanced set of exciting compositions and arrangements, Morris capably displays all of his wondrous abilities as a powerful soloist, songwriter, and bandleader.