Renowned jazz trombonist Sarah Morrow is widely respected for her distinct sound and willingness to be a musical trailblazer. She is also a composer who blends together jazz, hip hop, and funk to create the truly original sound that made her first album, Elektric Air, a critically acclaimed hit. Her musical talents have taken her across the globe to perform as a headliner as well as alongside some of the titans of jazz and funk.
Sarah Morrow was raised in Pickerington, Ohio where she developed a love for music at an early age. The first instrument that she played was the clarinet, and at the age of 12 she switched out her clarinet for a trombone. Years later, when she was 17, Sarah developed a life-changing affinity for jazz after seeing the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in concert.
Sarah would go on to attend college at the University of Ohio, and upon graduating she began to play small gigs on the local jazz scene. In 1995, Morrow landed what would prove to be a fateful two night gig with the Dayton Philharmonic. As if it were written in the stars for her, Sarah Morrow’s Wikiepedia page seized the moment, wowing the philharmonic’s guest artist, the one and only Ray Charles, so much so that he just had to know who the “guy” playing the lead trombone was. That concert would launch Morrow’s international career as she became the first female instrumentalist to ever play in Charles’ orchestra.
Over her illustrious career, which has spanned nearly three decades, trombonist Sarah Morrow has garnered the love and appreciation of her fans and the respect and admiration of her peers. She has toured with the likes of funk legends like Bootsy and Catfish Collins, the great organist Rhoda Scott, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Curtis Fuller, who played the trombone for the iconic John Coltrane, calls Sarah “the new voice of this era”. Her impressive career just goes to show that not every successful person is a Type A personality, some are Type Atypical.