Sarah Morrow

Sarah Morrow, from Pickerington, Ohio, began playing trombone at the age of 12 in her school band. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications at Ohio University and working in arts administration for two years, she decided to return to her first love, music. Specifically, jazz.

Since then, Sarah has received international recognition and critical acclaim, performing and touring with her own quintet and as a musical associate of many great artists. She has recorded two solo albums, on the French label RDC Records, distributed by BMG in France, and her newest album, Sarah Morrow and the American All Stars in Paris was released by O plus records, distributed worldwide through Harmonia Mundi.

Discovered by Ray Charles, Sarah Morrow was the first female instrumentalist to become a member of his orchestra. She toured with the legendary pianist and singer from November 1995 to May 1997 and left the group to join Foley, Miles Davis lead bass player, in Europe as part of a three-horn section playing funk.

After this, she returned to Europe to tour with the big band of Grammy award-winning vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and later with tenor saxophonist David Murray in his Octets tribute to John Coltrane. Sarah has also toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Quartet of Diana Kralls bassist Pierre Boussaguet and with the Quartet of award-winning French vocalist Anne Ducros.

Sarah Morrow has taken Europe by storm. Her first album, in 1999, Greenlight, (distributed in the USA on Summit Records) - featuring Antoine Roney (tenor sax), Jaz Sawyer (drums), Ugonna Ukegwo (bass), Kazi Oliver (percussion) and James Hurt (piano) - won critical acclaim and launched her career as a prominent soloist, bandleader, composer and arranger. Sarah Morrows quintet has received rave reviews for its performance at numerous jazz festivals, including the Nice Jazz Festival, Paris JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao Japan, the Marciac Jazz Festival, the Strasbourg Music Festival and Nancy Jazz Pulsations. Among the special guests who have appeared with Sarahs band are Jacky Terrasson (piano), Scott Amendola (drums), Ricky Ford (tenor sax), Pierre Boussaguet (bass), Denys Baptiste (saxophone) and John Betsch (drums).

Sarah Morrow was chosen for the prominent Rising Star Tour in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the Fall of 2001. This tour with her own Quintet culminated in the recording of her second album for RDC Records, Standards and Other Stories (distributed in the USA by North Country Distributors) featuring guest artists David Murray, Anne Ducros, Clarence Seay, Victor Atkins and Jesse Davis. It was released by BMG France in 2002 and also in Europe and Japan. Sarah Morrow and the American All Stars in Paris is Sarahs latest project involving top star Americans living in Paris. The album features Rhoda Scott on organ and Hal Cornbread Singer on tenor saxophone. In between tours, Sarah Morrow is proud to work as a clinician and guest soloist for junior high schools, high schools and universities around the world.