Peck Morrison

John A. "Peck" Morrison (September 11, 1919 – February 25, 1988) was an American jazz bassist.

Morrison was classically trained, and was competent on trumpet and percussion in addition to bass. He played in military bands in Italy during World War II and moved to New York City after the war to play professionally. He played with Lucky Thompson in the early 1950s, and then recorded with Horace Silver, Gigi Gryce, and Art Farmer. He played with Gerry Mulligan in tours of Europe. He was a noted accompanist and sideman, playing with Carmen McRae, Tiny Bradshaw, King Pleasure, Zoot Sims, Eddie Jefferson, the J. J. Johnson/Kai Winding Quintet (1954), Duke Ellington (1955 and 1964), Lou Donaldson, Johnny Smith, Mal Waldron, Randy Weston, Babs Gonzales, the Newport Rebels (1960), Shirley Scott, Red Garland, Charles McPherson, and Sy Oliver and the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band (1986).

Morrison never recorded as a session leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 11th, 1919 (Lancaster), Died February 25th, 1988

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 80257 12/6/1950 Elephant rock Charlie Singleton Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80258 12/6/1950 Alligator rock Charlie Singleton Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83197 8/1/1952 Why was I born (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83198 8/1/1952 You never miss the water (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83199 8/1/1952 The bluest blues (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83200 8/1/1952 Solitude (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morrison, Peck," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332684.

Morrison, Peck. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332684.

"Morrison, Peck." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332684

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