"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."
The son of jazz guitarist, Allen Morrison, 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 recorded and or performed with Adam Nussbaum, Lew Soloff, John Patitucci, Joe Beck, Akiko Tsuruga, Chip Jackson, Joe Magnarelli, Bennie Wallace, Harvie S, Delfeayo Marsalis, Richie Cole, John Stowell, Gary Versace, and Ralph Lalama. 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”, 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 with jazz guitarists Sal Salvador, Don Neary and Joe Diorio, arranger Bill Finegan and pianists Charlie Banacos, Garry Dial, and Mike Longo. 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 Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University and BackCountry Jazz where he teaches jazz guitar and small group jazz. 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.