Audrey Morrison is the Director of Jazz Studies and jazz trombone faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. A native of New York City, she studied under Emory Remington and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music where she received a B.M. in music education and a M.M. in Jazz Studies. While at Eastman, she received the coveted Performer's Certificate for superior classical performance which included a solo concerto performance with the Rochester Philharmonic.
As lead trombonist for over 15 years with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under William Russo and Jon Faddis, she performed with legendary jazz greats including Clark Terry, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Joshua Redman. She has also been a member of the big bands of Clark Terry, Barrett Deems and the DIVA band in New York City.
Audrey Morrison has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and at jazz festivals and jazz venues in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. A performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles, she is a member of the jazz sextet SHE and the Lake Forest Symphony and teaches at Columbia College/Chicago and North Park University. Audrey teaches and performs with the Ravinia Jazz Mentors and the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project ( under the direction of Wycliffe Gordon ) and at the summer jazz program at the Birch Creek Music Center in Door County, Wisconsin. She is a clinician for Conn-Selmer and is an active adjudicator, clinician and soloist at high school and college jazz festivals. Audrey is a founding member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago's "Women's Leadership Initiative" mentoring younger female jazz musicians.
As principal trombone of the National Arts Centre Orchestra ( Ottawa, Ontario ) for 6 years, the Rochester Philharmonic for 3 summers and the Elgin Symphony for 28 years, she performed with greats Yo Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Isaac Stern, Fredericka Van Stade, Lyn Harrell, Christopher Parkening and many others. Audrey played for 3 years with the Velvet Brass (Quintet ) with tubist Velvet Brown and trumpeter Susan Slaughter.