Blowing My Own Trumpet

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Allen & Unwin, 2006 - Jazz - 271 pages
As well as being one of Australia's best known and best loved jazz musicians, James Morrison is a great storyteller. James has packed about three lifetimes' worth into 43 years and this is an action packed ride through the highlights.
 

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Contents

ONTENTS
11
2The Music Starts
25
J New Zealand or Bust
35
Turning Pro
43
The Beach that Wasnt
49
Early Troubles
55
Don Burrows
63
1U Tiger by the Tail
71
Back to Brazil
167
Philip Morris
171
Legends
183
Davis Cup Disaster
191
Up Up and Away
195
On the Road
203
Triathlete
217
A Test of Strength
221

A Royal Faux Pas
89
Tiki
96
China
102
Girls
111
Brazil
127
Back to New York
136
Europe
145
Family Matters
153
No Friend of Mine
231
The Best Jever
238
It Happened on the Gig
241
Coda
253
Bonus Tracks
257
Acknowledgments
271
Copyright

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Page 36 - Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
Page 76 - I passed out. I don't know how long I was out, but when I woke up, he was still there.
Page 26 - The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Page 268 - How many trumpeters does it take to change a light bulb? A. Four — one to change it and three to stand around saying, 7 could have done it higher.
Page 11 - You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought of you, if you realized how seldom they do. Rather than writing in the accepted chronological fashion that dooms many biographies to pages of Tiller...
Page 85 - ... it could only be a matter of time before she started to break up.
Page 16 - I learned a lesson that day that would stay with me for the rest of my life.
Page 115 - If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere!
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Page 33 - the grass is always greener on the other side' is not a bad thing at all — it shows that in our imagination lies the richest life.

About the author (2006)

James Morrisons prodigious musical talent was obvious early; he was just 16 when he first played the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival in the US. A multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, alto sax and piano), he has played with and been acclaimed by all-time greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra and played by invitation for the Queen and US Presidents, and in 1997 was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to the arts. An avid car enthusiast, sailor and pilot, he lives in Sydney with his former Miss Australia wife Judi (née Green) and their three sons.

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