Ben Morris Quintet Featured in ASCAP Foundation Interview

July 24, 2019

It’s become an annual tradition: every year since 2016, The ASCAP Foundation has partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival to offer a live slot at the Festival to an exceptional recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. This year, the Herb Alpert judges chose Ben Morris – a versatile composer/pianist equally accomplished in the jazz and classical realms. He joins a stellar lineup of ASCAP jazz talent, including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Sons of Kemet, Makaya McCraven, Buika, Jenny Scheinman and more. ASCAP caught up with Ben Morris a few weeks before his Newport debut, to find out what we can expect from his set.

Ben Morris Quintet at Silvana

300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

July 30, 2019

Ben Morris quintet will play at Silvana in Harlem on July 30th, 6-7 pm. Featuring Juan Gabriel Olivares on saxophone and clarinets, Zosha Warpeha on fiddle and violin, Dan Montgomery on bass, and Evan Hyde on drums. 

Newport Jazz Festival 2019

August 02, 2019

Morris will lead a new quintet on the Storyville Stage, featuring Juan Gabriel Olivares, Zosha Warpeha, Dan Montgomery, and Evan Hyde. The quintet will perform a short set of original music. 

ATLAS Fellowship from CU Boulder

August 22, 2019

Morris will be an ATLAS Fellow at CU Boulder, pursuing his DMA in music composition beginning Fall 2019.  In the third year of his studies, he will develop a multimedia project in the ATLAS black box theatre.

Brush Creek Center for the Arts Residency

to develop "A Franklin Cantata"

July 08, 2019

Morris will spend a month at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming, working on a new cantata with a libretto by Marec Béla Steffens.

"House of Stairs" Performed by Shepherd School of Music Orchestra

March 22, 2019

The Rice University Shepherd School of Music orchestra will perform "House of Stairs" at 7:30 on March 22nd, 2019 in Stude Concert Hall in Alice Pratt Brown Hall on the Rice University Campus.