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Morris Nelms

Morris Nelms, pianist/vocalist, grew up in Frederick, OK, discovered Jazz at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and was instantly hooked. He completed a Bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and a Master's degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2000. Currently, he teaches at Texas State University. He has taught and played Jazz for many years. In addition, he has taught and, in some cases, is teaching: Introduction to the Fine Arts, Aural Learning, Improvisation/Combo performance, Big Band Performance, Jazz History, Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Voice and University Seminar. He hopes you will buy the CD he recorded in 1999 with Cullen Offer, The Best Thing For You Would Be The Cullen Offer Quartet, on Progressive Records (PCD 7114). He can also be heard to good advantage on Ken Slavin's latest CD I'll Take Romance. Noel, the latest CD by the band Small World, is his most recent studio recording. Faculty pianist: Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies 1994-1997. Performances with: Snooky Young, Marshal Royal, Louis Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Kenny Washington, Al Grey, Sonny Stitt, Kris Kimura, Jim Cullum Praise Band leader since 2005, Buda United Methodist Church, Currently performing at Perry's at La Cantera in San Antonio from 6-10 Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Perry's in Austin from 7-11 on Saturdays, and every second Wednesday with Baker's Dozen Big Band from 9:30-1:30 at the Elephant Room in Austin.


Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


$40/hr Master's degree in Composition, Texas State University San Marcos Taught at the Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies in Le Mars, IA 1994-1997 Private instruction in any area of jazz performance

Billy Eckstine
voice / vocals
Billie Holiday
voice / vocals
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Big Joe Turner
voice / vocals


Album Discography

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