Jazz music is intricate, complex, and unpredictable. Jazz musicians combine remarkable skill and chemistry to create vibrant masterpieces that spring to life and inspire anything from dance and jubilation to deep thought and laid back finger-snapping. Because of the complexity and skill involved in jazz music, often times a musician’s badge of honor is the other musicians that he or she has played with. Superstar trombonist Sarah Morrow has played with everyone from the likes of the the awe-inspiring icon Ray Charles to funk legend Bootsy Collins.
Pickerington, Ohio native Sarah Morrow first began playing the trombone at the tender age of 12. In an interview that she gave in France, Morrow stated that she felt like the trombone chose her, and why wouldn’t it given the she plays it? Former trombonist for the great John Coltrane, Curtis Fuller, went as far as to call Sarah Morrow “the fist original voice in a long time”, and “the voice of the new era”. To call that high praise would be a gross understatement.
Sarah Morrow got her introduction to the international music scene in 1995 when she began touring with Ray Charles and his orchestra. To add to her accolades, she has toured the world and jammed out with such artists and groups as organist Rhoda Scott, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, New Orleans R&B icon Dr. John, and saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis and Hal “Cornbread” Singer.
Trombonist Sarah Morrow has worked with and drawn praise from some of the greatest musicians to ever live. If one is the company that he or she keeps then it is high-time to bestow legendary status on Morrow. Undoubtedly, for some up and coming jazz musicians, their badge of honor will be “I played alongside the great trombonist, Sarah Morrow.