John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to team up with legendary Australian musician James Morrison for one-off concert

APO James Morrison and John ForemanWhat do you get when you cross a world-renowned jazz quartet, a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and a 60-piece symphony orchestra?

James Morrison’s Jazz Quartet meets John Foreman’s Symphony Orchestra will be an unforgettable concert on Monday 26 February that combines the fun and spontaneity of Morrison’s brilliant jazz improvisations with the gravitas and depth of Foreman’s symphony orchestra.

James Morrison is one of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians, having performed with many of the legends of jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and B.B. King to name just a few. He has recorded with everyone from the London Symphony Orchestra to rock legends INXS.

Although he is known primarily for his trumpet playing, James has also performed the trombone, tube, euphonium, flugelhorn, saxophone, clarinet, double bass, guitar and piano on stage to much acclaim.

His internationally-acclaimed Jazz Quartet for this one-off performance features James along with guitar, bass and a drums players as well as special guest artist multi award-winning vocalist Nina Ferro.

“James Morrison is a genius,” said John Foreman. “His improvisations are truly incredible and his ability to switch between instruments is unbelievable. I’ll never forget the day he played trumpet with one hand and piano with the other! He is absolutely one-of-a-kind and I can’t wait to hear his amazing jazz quartet together with the 60-piece Aussie Pops Orchestra”.

Led by John Foreman, the 60-piece Aussie Pops Orchestra presents a unique blend of popular classical and contemporary music to Australian audiences. They have performed alongside many of the world’s favourite singers including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Allen, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Cliff Richard, Ray Charles and many more.

A recent recipient of an Order of Australia award, John Foreman, John Foreman is a musical director, event director, pianist, composer and a well-recognised face on Australian television. John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

His compositions have been performed by artists ranging from Vanessa Amorosi to Jose Carreras and when Oprah Winfrey came to Australia, John was Musical Director for her finalé concert from the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

He is musical director for Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight broadcast on the Nine Network as well as Musical Director for the Australia Day Concert, the TV Week Logie Awards and host of the annual School Spectacular.

James Morrison’s Jazz Quartet meets John Foreman’s Symphony Orchestra
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Monday 26 February 2024 – 7.00pm

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Image: James Morrison and John Foreman (supplied)