Jazz music is the crown jewel of American music. Each piece tells its own story and each note played has a life of its own. Not only does jazz music have its own life, but it has given birth to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, funk, disco, and hip hop. The effervescence certainly captured the heart of the superstar trombonist”, Sarah Morrow.
Morrow, born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Pickerington, Ohio, began her musical training with the clarinet. She exchanged the clarinet for the trombone, and in an interview, she said that the trombone chose her. In 1995, she entered the international jazz scene after being discovered by Ray Charles and becoming the first female instrumentalist to join Charles’ orchestra.
Tromboist Sarah Morrow has become a stalwart, even a mainstay, on the jazz scene. Aside from her work with the iconic Ray Charles, Morrow has also played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, emblematic saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis and Hal “Cornbread” Singer, funk legends Bootsy and Catfish Collins, and New Orleans R&B legend, Dr. John.
While Sarah Morrow has lent her talents to some of the greatest musicians ever, she is by no means simply a contributor to other musicians and bands. She has headlined numerous shows and jazz festivals, and she has also released four albums for which she was the leading lady. Legendary trombonist, Curtis Fuller, who has played with the likes of John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and Benny Golson had this to say about Morrow: “Sarah Morrow is the first original voice I’ve heard in a long time. She has a personal and identifiable sound…Sarah Morrow is the new voice of this era.”