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The University School Jazz Ensemble With Special Guest Sam Morrison @ BOP STOP

May 14 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm


The University School Jazz Ensemble With Special Guest Sam Morrison @ BOP STOP

Please join us as David Kay brings his University School Jazz Ensemble to perform alongside Sam Morrison, sax player from Miles Davis' 70s electric band! The band will play new music from an upcoming CD release of Sam’s that has been produced by legendary musician and producer Bill Laswell, as well as even newer unreleased music; all of which will constitute world premieres! Tickets to attend this concert in person are $15 each. This performance will also be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and can be made at

University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, on the east side of the Cleveland Metro area, offers a Jazz Ensemble that explores the full range of jazz styles found throughout the over century-long history of jazz, from its origins to avant-garde and funk. U.S. jazz groups have played at many NEO-area venues including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nighttown, The Bop Stop, Brothers Lounge, Tower City, Renaissance Hotel, The Hermit Club, Landerhaven and the Cleveland Grand Prix parade. U.S. jazz ensembles have also performed in conjunction with the Tri-C Jazz Festival, being favorably critiqued by such jazz royalty as Gary Burton and Louis Hayes. In 1990s the Ensemble won Third Place in the Down Beat Jazz Festival in Orlando, receiving recognition in an issue of that magazine. Additionally, as guest soloists with the Ensemble, they have featured the likes of Jamey Aebersold and former Miles Davis saxophonist Sam Morrison, performed in New Orleans’ famous Preservation Hall, and performed at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference.

Having taught at University School since 1988, David Kay leads the group. Kay is a former instructor in the world-renowned Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University, as well as a former faculty member (31 years) in the music program at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and a professional musician besides (having played with Aretha Franklin, Benny Golson and The Temptations among many others) , US jazz groups have graduated many students continued their music making in college and afterward. Some have attended Interlochen and the Jamey Aebersold camps in the summers; others have majored in music at schools such as the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Carleton College, University of Southern California, and the Ohio State University.


Sam Morrisonis a saxophonist and flute player/composer whose credits include being a member of the Miles Davis Band in the mid 1970's. His performance with Miles at the 1975 Newport Jazz Festival (held that year at Avery Fisher Hall), was very favorably reviewed in the NY Times; part of that concert's recording was recently released in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series, Volume 4; 1955-1975 Newport Jazz Festival. Morrison is also featured on the Columbia boxed set, The Complete On The Corner Sessions. Morrison is also featured on the Columbia boxed sets, The Complete On The Corner Sessions and Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Volume 4. Other bootleg recordings of concert and club performances of the band including Sam are sold by many collectors on the Internet.

Morrison has played and recorded with many legendary jazz, rock and blues greats such as Gil Evans, Al Foster, Buster Williams, Woody Shaw, Billy Hart, T-Bone Walker, and Michael Shrieve, Michael Brecker, Masabumi Kikuchi, and Ryo Kawasaki.

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The University School Jazz Ensemble With Special Guest Sam Morrison @ BOP STOP
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