Teaching Guitar on the Via Mia show

A couple weeks ago I was invited to appear on the Via Mia show on Shaw Vancouver. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk about my guitar teaching philosophy and have some good laughs with Mia. Ringo also made his debut television appearance!

My first band

The first band I ever played in. That's me with the guitar and my cousin with the harmonica. A promising start. Unfortunately no recorded tracks were made. Probably for the best. The Beatles style mop top was pretty cool though. Also, that's a sweet 3-piece suit I'm sporting (not wearing the jacket in this particular shot)

Blue Morris' first band 1970s

Studio Jam Night 2014

We had another really fun jam night at the studio here on the weekend. It's wonderful to bring together students and professional musicians and have them all perform together. Not only that, but to do it in my home/studio, and fill it with cool people to watch--friends, family, dancers, musicians, students.

Here are a few photos from the night. Thanks to Tym Altman for the snaps!

I am hoping to do another night like this in November.

Guitar Trio at Blue Morris Guitar studio. Photo by Tym Altman

Blue Morris and Sam at the Guitar Jam 2014

Rock and Roll Burlesque Band at Blue's studio

Red Heartbreaker and Blue Morris hamming it up

Sinatra and Dean Martin Charts

UPDATED LIST IS HERE: Sinatra and Dean Martin Big Band Charts Update

Sinatra big band charts Another update on my quest to perform the Sinatra Big Band Charts! I now have a few Dean Martin charts, which we were hoping to play recently though unfortunately there wasn't enough time to rehearse them for the show. But there are plans to play them at the next one.

Dean Martin Big Band Charts

  • Ain't that a Kick in the Head
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Just in Time
  • Sway
  • That's Amore
  • When You're Smiling / Drinkin'

As always I would be interested in hearing from any other bands and singers out there who have performed this music, or who want to, just to share ideas and tips. If you are one of them, please contact me.

What a thrill it is to get to play these incredible arrangements.

These are the Sinatra charts I now have:

  • All of Me
  • All the Way
  • Angel Eyes
  • Best is Yet to Come
  • Best is Yet to Come -- Quincy Jones Arr.
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Come Fly With Me -- Billy May version
  • Come Fly With Me -- Sinatra/Basie version
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Fly Me to the Moon -- Quincy Jones arr.
  • For Once in My Life
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • I've Got the World on a String
  • In the Still of the Night -- Johnny Mandel arr.
  • I Won't Dance
  • I'm Gonna Live Until I Die
  • I've Got you Under My Skin -- Nelson Riddle arr.
  • It was a Very Good Year
  • Lady is a Tramp
  • Learnin the Blues
  • Love and Marriage
  • Luck Be a Lady
  • Mack the Knife
  • My Kind of Town
  • My Way
  • New York New York
  • Nothin' But the Blues
  • One for My Baby
  • Second Time Around
  • Something Stupid
  • Strangers in the Night
  • Summer Wind
  • That's Life
  • Way You Look Tonight
  • Witchcraft
  • Young At Heart

    • We now also have the Harry Connick Jr. chart for "I Get a Kick Out of You."