chris morrissey

Chris Morrissey is a songwriter, a bassist, a singer, a leo, an uncle, a lover of most cats and some dogs, a New Yorker, a Minnesotan, an avid yoga practicer, a coffee, beer and wine drinker, a restaurant frequenter, and joke teller/appreciator.

As a bassist, he's logged hundreds of thousands of miles touring five continents with the Jim Campilongo Trio, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Beat Music, Dave King Trucking Company, Margaret Glaspy, Boy George, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Dosh, Mason Jennings, Gretchen Parlato, Trixie Whitley, Rosanne Cash, Matisyahu, Gabriel Kahane, Amy Helm, Tony Scherr and with five-time grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling artist Sara Bareilles, for whom he also acts as music director. In his time in that role, he's shared the stage with Sir Elton John, recorded with Cyndi Lauper, coproduced Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and penned the arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" for the in memoriam segment of The 66th Annual Emmy Awards.

As a leader, Mr. Morrissey has released three records to high praise: "The Morning World" (2009, Sunnyside), "Cannon Falls Forever" (2011, self release) and "North Hero" (2013, Sunnyside).

In 2014, he was featured in Bass Player Magazine, joined the adjunct faculty at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music and received a residency commission from The Jazz Gallery resulting in the creation of "Standard Candle".

He performs regularly in New York City and lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in a room that a landlord would call "cozy".

  • "Morrissey seems to be casually clearing the way for one potential path for jazz to progress into the future."
    -Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
  • "An unself-conscious style bender."
    -Nate Chinen, New York Times
  • "Never underestimate the power of the midwest."
    -Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
  • "Chris Morrissey may be the shape of things to come when it comes to bassists and band-leaders."
  • "Marvelously inventive compositions within a fresh perspective..."


JULY 2015

It's been a memorable summer already. "Standard Candle" premiered at The Jazz Gallery and the next performances of that music are in the works. Basic tracks were laid down at Sear Sound for the next incarnation of Taurus (now named less confusingly, "Chris Morrissey"). The Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet has released our record, and have lots of shows planned at home and abroad, which started conveniently (and beautifully) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Jim Campilongo Trio continues it's Monday night tradition, and will making our first European appearance in August. Lastly, I'm excited to be teaming up with Trixie Whitley as music director for her new release this winter. I couldn't think more highly of Trixie than I already do, and what I've heard of the record so far only deepens that feeling. Dates to follow, most certainly.

Wishing you happiness, health, and a peaceful easy feeling.

Love, Chris


All dates in NYC unless otherwise noted



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north hero

North Hero (2013 Sunnyside Records)


The Morning World (2009 Sunnyside Records)


Cannon Falls Forever (2011)


Sara Bareilles - Little Black Dress Tour


Beat Music

Dumpster Hunter


  • Margaret Glaspy

    Emotions and Math(2016)

  • Dave King Trucking Co.

    Surrounded by the Night (2016)

  • Chris Morrissey

    North Hero (2013)

  • Sara Bareilles

    The Blessed Unrest (2013)

  • Jim Campilongo

    Dream Dictionary (2014)

  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

    mark guiliana family first

    Family First(2015)

  • Lucius

    lucius wildewoman


  • Ben Kweller

    Go Fly A Kite (2012)

  • Ben Kweller

    Changing Horses (2009)

  • Ben Kweller

    How Ya Lookin' Southbound, Come in? (2008)

  • Ben Kweller

    Sawdust Man (2008)

  • Mason Jennings

    Live at First Ave (2010)

  • Mason Jennings

    In The Ever (2008)

  • Mason Jennings

    Bone Clouds(2006)

  • Mason Jennings

    If You Need A Reason (2006)

  • Mason Jennings

    Use Your Voice (2004)

  • Mason Jennings

    Use Your Van (2004)

  • Haley Bonar

    Big Star (2009)

  • Haley Bonar

    Only Xmas (2008)

  • Haley Bonar

    Lure The Fox (2006)

  • Andrew Bird

    Armchair Apocrypa (2007)

  • Taurus

    Cannon Falls Forever (2011)

  • Chris Morrissey

    The Morning Worls (2010)

  • The Pines

    Sparrows In The Bell (2007)

  • Dosh

    Tommy (2010)

  • Astoria Boulevard

    Astoria Boulevard (2011)

  • Bill Mike Band

    Better News (2005)

  • Bill Mike Band

    Truce (2008)

  • Daniel Martin Moore

    In the Cool of the Day (2011)

  • Justin Townes Earle

    Rave On Buddy Holly (2011)

  • Nick Africano

    The Butterfly Bull (2012)

  • Cowboy Curtis

    Observations Assumptions (2004)

  • Matt Jennings

    Two Become One (2005)

  • Wishbook

    Happy Garden (2012)

  • Pierre Guimard

    Les Beaux Souvenirs Ne Meurent Jamais (2009)

  • Bobby Long

    Wish Bone (2013)





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