Life and Work of Sarah Morrow
Morrow, who grew up in Pickerington, Ohio, first learned the clarinet, before deciding to play the trombone in the school band at the age of twelve. At seventeen, she discovered jazz and played in the big band of Columbus, Ohio.
She studied communications science at Ohio University and worked in the administration, but also played in jazz bands and the Dayton Symphony Orchestra. There she was discovered by Ray Charles, who had two appearances with the orchestra, and became the first instrumentalist to perform in his orchestra (between 1995 and 1997) and go on world tour with him.
Then she worked with funk musicians like Foley McCreary, Bootsie Collins, Catfish Collins, Fred Wesley , Jabo Starks, and Clyde Stubblefield. In 1998, she went to Europe to accompany Dee Dee Bridgewater and was a member of the Cecil Bridgewater orchestra. She also appeared with Rico Rodriguez. She then joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra for his European tour.
In 1999 she performed with her own group in France at the festivals of Clermont-Ferrand, Nancy and Paris; for festival appearances, her quintet included musicians such as Jacky Terrasson, James Hurt, Scott Amendola and Ricky Ford.
In 2001 she was also heard in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the following year in France, Spain and Italy. In 2005 Sarah Morrow received the Rising Star Award at the Irish Guinness Jazz Festival. She also toured with James Spaulding and the octet by David Murray.
As of today, Sarah Morrow continues making the world sings and bringing joy in the heart of her fans. Her music connects the world together, and bridges cultures, genders, and generations. She is one of the most remarkable modern musicians.