The Ghost Jazz Trio is a 2021/2022 nominee for "Best Jazz Album of the Year". Based in San Diego, CA the trio features founder/guitarist/composer and producer James Morgan. James is joined by renowned bassist and recording artist Nathan Brown on several albums. Nathan has performed and recorded with such notables as Bob James, Earl Klugh, Coco Montoya just to name a few. Other personnel on past albums are drummer Jack Nathan, bassist Aaron Seener, piano prodigy Chase Pado, featured guitarist Patrick Yandall, saxophonist Andrew Nichols and other guest artists.
All of the compositions on the 2020 album 'Invisible Time' 2021 album On the Level' 2022 album 'Dreams Above' are composed, arranged and produced by James Morgan.
James records all his albums at Grammy winner engineer Alan Sanderson's Pacific Beats Recording Studio in San Diego, CA
James Morgan grew up in northern California and as a teen in the 1970's started listening to Return to Forever, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, inspiring him to take up the guitar. In the late seventies James was fortunate enough to take guitar lessons from Bill Connors of Return to Forever fame. He lived in Santa Cruz, CA and drove to Half Moon Bay weekly to take lessons whereby he formed a close friendship with Bill. James went on to become a bandleader throughout the following decades, writing his own compositions whilst forming various jazz Fusion bands along the way, including his band Absolute Black which was the opening act for singer Mickey Thomas's band Starship and his jazz fusion band Dialog Project, which achieved quick acclaim in 2013 being nominated for best jazz album 'Artistry of Jazz Fusion' and opening for such acts as Allan Holdsworth, Dokken, bassist Stu Hamm and others.
More recently he create his own genre of jazz music he calls 'West Coast Laid Back Smooth Jazz' that is both 'relaxing and interesting. James formed the dynamic, and mysteriously named Ghost Jazz Trio, in 2017. Their 2020 debut album 'Invisible Time' was a complex and synergetic production that achieved critical acclaim and outstanding success in a short period of time, culminating in being nominated for 'Best Jazz Album of The Year' by the 2021 San Diego Music Awards and was featured on more than 150 radio station playlists worldwide and climbed to the Top 100 on the Smooth Jazz Radio Charts, worldwide.
The second album “On the Level” released in 2021 is an eclectic and spirited journey including elements of vibrant R&B, Smooth Jazz, Funk and Jazz Swing with some complex and intricate jazz arrangements which will demand attention, peak your imagination and raise the awareness of this talented and innovative Southern Californian trio. The 2022 album 'Dreams Above' is an album that James Morgan has envisioned for many years as a concept to combine Jazz and classical symphonic strings in a smooth jazz groove format. This album is an ensemble driven album as opposed to guitar being the focus.
Look for the 2023 album release 'Groovin Smooth', a nine song album produced by legendary guitarist Dean Brown, who co-wrote some of the songs and plays on the album. Joining James is Nathan Brown on bass, Chase Pado on piano and Tres Hodgens on drums.
Live performance of Ghost Jazz Trio performing at The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano, CA
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