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Chris Morrissey

Chris Morrissey Bio

Chris Morrissey is a songwriter, a bassist, a singer, a music director, a leo, an uncle, a lover of most cats and some dogs, a New Yorker, a Minnesotan, a yoga practicer, a runner, a wino, a restaurant frequenter, and joke teller/appreciator. As a bassist, he's logged hundreds of thousands of miles touring five continents with Norah Jones, The Jim Campilongo Trio, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Beat Music, Dave King Trucking Company, Sara Bareilles, Chris Thile’s “Live From Here” house band, Margaret Glaspy, Boy George, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, Gretchen Parlato, Trixie Whitley, Gabriel Kahane, and Amy Helm.

As a music director, he assembled bands and arrangements for Sara Bareilles, Sharon Van Etten, Trixie Whitley, Maren Morris and Elle King.

As a composer and band leader, Morrissey has released five records: "Impact Winter Formal" (2021, Edition Records) "Laughing and Laughing" (2018, self release), "The Morning World" (2009, Sunnyside), "Cannon Falls Forever" (2011, self release) and "North Hero" (2013, Sunnyside). His 6th release "Grey Like The Color" is out March 2024 on Ground Up Music.

He has been featured in Bass Player Magazine, is a member of the adjunct faculty at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music and has received commissions from The Jazz Gallery and The Jazz Coalition. Chris lives in Brooklyn, New York with his partner, Emma and their dog, Long Boat Lenny The Snake Man.

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Grey Like The Color (2024)

Grey Like The Color is the sixth release of bassist, singer and composer Chris Morrissey. Co-produced with John Davis, Grey Like The Color is eight original songs by Morrissey, recorded with his band at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Bill Campbell plays drums, Marco Bolfelli plays guitar and Charlotte Greve plays alto saxophone and sings. They are joined by special guests Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman) and Emma Frank.

The title borrows a phrase from Grey McMurray, who employs it at the fairly frequent mishearing of his name:

“Hello, I’m Grey.”
“Hi Greg”
“Grey, like the color.”

1 Northstar (feat. Emma Frank)
2 Meadow Soprano
3 Company (feat. Joan Wasser)
4 Sincerely Dancing
5 Impact Winter Formal
6 Jade In Italian
7 Hey Galaxy
8 Grey Like The Color (feat. Emma Frank)

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