AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Photo taken at Crawford Grill #2 by Nelson Harrison
(Photo of George Gee's Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra at The Metropol, Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA - 1989) (c) Timeslice Publishing
(c) Timeslice Publishing, 2014
Kenny Fisher had a saturday matinee at the Casbah (now the Red Onion) with Ron Tucker and Mark Strickland. Ramon came and played every week. Him and Tuck would blow everyone away. real powerful, one the best tenor players every got to hear on the bandstand. rest in peace
I realize that this is a late reply, but I am saddened that only one of our musical brethren commented on brother Morris' passing. I met him and played a handful of gigs with him along with David Moore, Tubby Daniels and the late Mark Taylor in the mid 90's. Up until then I had not heard of him. We did a few hits and I learned more in those few gigs than in hundreds of others I had previously done, just by being in the same room with him. His playing had such depth and rich tone as well as overtones it was nothing short of amazing. He began mentoring me and the other cats on time, tone and touch. He was at the same time an authoritarian and a gentleman with humility and a great sense of humor. He rattled off some names of cats he had played with-Roy Haynes, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (around 1972), Woody Shaw. You see his name pop up in various chats online as an "unsung" jazz great. Ironically when I returned to Buffalo, NY, I was on a gig where the pianist leader pulled out a chart he had transcribed by none other than Ramon Morris and recorded by Stanley Clarke! Apparently there is only 1 solo L.P. released by brother Morris in 1974-Sweet Sister Funk that is highly sought after by the real people in the know. You can certainly hear in on You Tube. If you've never heard of him before, you owe it to yourself and to his legacy to give it a listen. I will truly miss Ramon Morris the artist.
found it on youtube, thanks Barry