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JAMES MORRISON QUARTET // Live @ The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson

July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm



Sunday 28 July 2024 – 3.00pm


World renowned, award-winning multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and his quartet will be playing at the Mechanics Institute, 284 Great Western Highway Lawson!

Performing for one show only, this intimate concert is an exceptional opportunity to experience one of Australia’s most talented and versatile jazz musicians. Join us for an intimate afternoon of jazz with multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and his quartet.

Renowned globally as one of the finest jazz players of his generation, James Morrison is not only a trumpet virtuoso, but the complete showman.


James started playing professionally at age 13 and has a stellar professional career behind him: he has performed alongside the best jazz musicians of our generation and has had the privilege of performing for the President and First Lady of the United States.

Known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician, educator and all-round entertainer, James is also the founder of the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier, he is constantly on the move, performing wherever fine music has an audience.

Ray Brown called him ’The Genius’ but Wynton Marsalis said it best: “Man, James Morrison can play!”

When asked about his extraordinary career, James declared, ‘This is just the warm-up!’.


Approximate Show Times

Sunday 28 July 2024

3.00pm – 3.45pm





$85.00   Adult

*$75.00 Members of the Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson.*

$55.00   Youth aged 13 to 21 years.

Click here to book via TryBooking:  https://www.trybooking.com/CROYJ

[*This offer is for 2023-2024 members and those who join as members after 1 July 2024*]


Bar/Dinner after the show (not part of the ticket price)

At rear room of The MIL set up as café. Catering by Red Pepper Catering.

Menu and prices to be provided closer to the event via our website.


Watch James Morrison




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  2. The Affinity Quartet – Friday 25 October 2024 – Exceptional classical music – Melbourne International Chamber Music winner 2023  -return by popular demand – See on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JhYcG6joZbM Tickets available late July.
  3. Devi Mamak + The Caravan Band –  World music, date to be advised
  4. AGM – Fundraiser -July date to be confirmed – various bands – details soon




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, piano, saxophone and double bass. At the age of six he started on piano, at seven he took up brass, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs.

His international career developed just as quickly with a debut in the USA at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age sixteen. Following this were performances at the world’s major jazz festivals, including Montreux, North Sea, Nice and the Hollywood Bowl, playing with many of the legends of jazz -Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

James also frequents the world’s most famous jazz clubs –Birdland, The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris, the Tokyo Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s in London. James has been appointed a member of The Order of Australia, has won countless awards and has been inducted into the Australian Jazz Hall of Fame. He has received several honorary Doctorates and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, leading his own music Academy.

Now 60, James Morrison’s career has included much more than just jazz… He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra, rock legends INXS and the European Brass Ensemble, performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, written the opening fanfare for the Olympic Games, played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and for US Presidents Bush, and Clinton. He has played classical trumpet at the Kremlin, broken a Guinness record conducting the World’s Largest Orchestra, was a TV presenter on Top Gear Australia and in 2016 James was a guest of President Barack Obama at the White House. He’s a pilot, rally driver, sailor, author and even a builder of Tiny Houseboats.


July 28
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson Inc.


Mechanics Institute Lawson
284 Great Western Highway
Lawson (Enter near 18 Yileena Ave), NSW 2783 Australia
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