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Carol Morgan

Carol Morgan is a jazz trumpeter, composer, educator and author who resides in NYC. Originally from Texas, she is a Juilliard graduate who has worked with many remarkable teachers including Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, Ingrid Jensen, and Dennis Dotson.

Carol's discography includes five CD's as a leader. Retroactive (2013) includes many of her original compositions and features Mike Stern and Chris Cortez among a cast of New York and Houston musicians. A 2011 release, The Carol Morgan Quartet CD, Blue Glass Music received 4 1/2 stars in a DownBeat magazine review. The Carol Morgan Trio CD, Opening, with Harvie S and Rich DeRosa was signed by Blue Bamboo Music and released in early 2010. Other session work includes solo outings, Classic Morgana and Passing Time with the Carol Morgan Quintet, as well as filling side-person roles on releases by DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, NPR's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Thomas Helton, Henry Darragh and Calvin Owens. As a composer she has been commissioned by DiverseWorks, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, the Arch-diocese of Houston/Galveston and St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Houston. In 2008, Carol authored what is now a highly-regarded method for jazz improvisation—a textbook entitled The Practicing Improviser.

Currently, Carol's performing ensembles include the Carol Morgan Trio, Retroactive (with Chris Cortez, Corin Stiggall and E.J. Strickland), the Carol Morgan Quartet (featuring Joel Frahm, Martin Wind and Matt Wilson), is a member of the New York-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Gingerbred (led by Brad Linde). Recent performing venues include Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Small's Jazz Club, Fat Cat, The Blue Note, The 55 Bar, The Kitano, The Iridium, The Bar Next Door, Blues Alley (DC), The Atlas (DC), Bohemian Caverns (DC), Scullers Jazz Club (Boston), the Playboy Jazz Festival (The Hollywood Bowl, LA), Marians Jazz Room (Bern, Switzerland), The Lionel Hampton Jazz Club (Paris), The Elephant Room (Austin), The Deer Head Inn (Delaware Gap, PA) and World Cafe' Live (Philadelphia).

Carol's goal as an artist and teacher is to help people enjoy music more.


"Rising Star"—DownBeat 2013


Bach trumpet and mouthpiece; Getzen flugel; SKB single case;


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"4 1/2 stars"—James Hale, DownBeat

"A few months ago, I was lucky enough to have attended a set by Carol Morgan’s jazz trio at the prestigious Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. I was immediately impressed by her confidence and maturity as a soloist and a bandleader. Her willingness to explore less-travelled pathways in her improvisation and simultaneously sound easy and flowing marks her as an important voice on the trumpet."—Joel Frahm, Anzic Records Recording Artist

“She moves from brassy assertive playing to great delicacy: Carol Morgan is someone to hear and to admire.”—Michael Steinman, Cadence magazine

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Lessons open for students of all experience levels and ages. Currently available for teaching improvisation for any instrumentalist or vocalist. Credentials: MM The Juilliard School, 1994; BM The University of TX, 1991. Experience: 8 years full-time college music professor; 25 years private teaching as a free-lance musician. Carol is currently a Teaching Artist for the New York Pops. ONLINE and face-to-face instruction available.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Five Recent Masterclass Topics: Listening for Brass Players; Discovering Music without the Sheet: Teaching Beginning Improvisation; Your Shed: How to Practice Improvising; Rhythmic Emphasis: Groove-based performance; Online Teaching Possibilities: A glass-half-full glance for the creative educator. Carol has previously given master classes and/or performed as a guest artist at the following institutions among others: University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Western Connecticut State U, Texas Tech U, Texas State U, High School for the Performing Arts (Houston), University of Houston, Texas Southern U., Brazosport College, College of St

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Blue Bamboo Music


Blue Glass Music

Blue Bamboo Music



Blue Bamboo Music




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