James Morrison and Sanity.com set to put on the worlds biggest web jam


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Jazz fans from around the globe are invited to jam with Australian Jazz multi-instrumentalist James Morrison live on the Internet. On February 18th at 2pm, a one-hour James Morrison concert will feature 'The World's Biggest Jam' where fans in front of their computers, can jam live with James and his Sextet then enter their recordings for the worldwide competition. James has especially arranged 2 of his original charts Sydney By Night from “Postcards From Downunder" & “The Master Plan" from Manner Dangerous for 'The World's Biggest Jam', which will be streamed live from the Sain Bar in Melbourne, Australia to all corners of the world, thanks to Microsoft Windows Media technology.

The website and event will allow fans to play along with James and the band live, record it, make their own mix and enter a competition by submitting their music online through the website. Or you can just sit back and enjoy the event in the comfort of your home or office.

Apart from being a world first, Australian entries will have a chance to win a guest appearance performing live with James Morrison at a future gig. Judging will be in the following categories.

Australia / New Zealand 16 and under
Australia / New Zealand over 16
International 16 and under
International over 16

James Morrison said. “Although I guess that this makes it a competition, the real reason for this whole thing is to get everyone playing some jazz on the net! It has been suggested to me that if people all over the world start playing the same rhythm at the same time that we may alter the earth's orbit - jazz moving the world, sounds good to me!”

The music for the jam is now available on the site as an Windows Media streaming file to practice with. The sheet music will be in .pdf format and you'll be able to get a version for most instruments.

Ticket giveaway for those living in Melbourne will be given away through James Morrisons web site and Sanity.com.au. If any press would like to be present for this event please send your request to tania.wilson@sanity.com.au. We look forward to you company at the Sainbar to witness this world first.

About Sanity.com Limited.
Sanity.com.au is the premier Music Service Provider (MSP) allowing consumers to instantly discover, purchase, listen to their music from anywhere, at any time, using any Internet device. We are supported by a chain of 230 Sanity branded music stores and its’ publication arm Sain.

About James Morrison www.JamesMorrison.com
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, and piano.

At the age of seven, he was given his first instrument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed equally as fast. Just turned 16 James Morrison debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe – including Montreaux, Pori, North Sea, Nice and Bern - playing with many of the legends of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. There were also gigs in the world’s most famous jazz clubs – the Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris and Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Now 37, James Morrison’s career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded “Jazz Meets the Symphony” with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia. In 1997, James was recognised for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia.

Apart from touring the world for most of the year James is also head of Morrison Records, an independent label dedicated to the best of jazz. He also spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and running a jazz scholarship.

An avid user of the latest technologies James is very involved in furthering the presence of jazz and music education on the Internet and also uses computers extensively in his writing, recording and performances.

With interests so broad and a career so filled with highlights it seems that he has done just about everything anyone could want – not so. When asked, “What is there left to do?” His reply is typically exciting “This is just the warm up!”

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