“Chris is a brilliant musician and a great person. I have encountered very few musicians with his talent for playing AND teaching. This guy can really play!”
“Chris Morrison is a master of the guitar! One of the outstanding guitarists in the world today.”
Christopher Morrison began performing early on with New Haven, CT jazz organists Richard McCrae, Bobby Buster and Eddie Buster. The training he received while working with these men made a lasting impression on Chris. To this day, his playing and teaching style reflect the simple and practical approach that was used in his education.
Chris has been fortunate to record and perform with many wonderful musicians, most recently he has appeared with the legendary guitarist, Joe Diorio, as his guitar duo partner. Chris’s latest recording, with saxophonist Andrew Beals entitled “Maybe Someday”(2017), is on the Centaur record label. Dr. Ken Ciuffreda of Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote, “Chris produces one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard coaxed out of a jazz guitar – great phrasing, perfect musicality, warmth and expression – all played effortlessly with seemingly unlimited technique.”
Chris was fortunate to study music with jazz guitarists Sal Salvador, Don Neary and Joe Diorio, arranger Bill Finegan, pianists Charlie Banacos and Mike Longo and Alexander Technique with Joan Frost. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. His undergraduate studies, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, were completed at The University of Bridgeport and Western Connecticut State University.
Chris is employed by the University Of Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University and BackCountry Jazz where he teaches jazz guitar, small group jazz and the Polymetric time concept, created by Mike Longo. He has earned several awards for his teaching including a Distinguished Adjunct Appreciation Award and a Centennial Award for Excellence from Western Connecticut State University.