Morrie Louden

Morrie Louden was born into a musically-inclined family on September 16, 1960 in Concord, CA. When he was 12, he began to play the electric bass. A year later he added formal acoustic bass and piano studies. By age 14, band leaders of some of the best bay area groups were hiring him to play, sneaking him through the back doors of night clubs. His dedication to his craft throughout high school led to a music scholarship at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, known for having the finest jazz department in the Bay Area.

After graduating in 1980, Morrie toured the world for many years with pop icons: Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka, to name just a few. These experiences led to performing with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

In the nineties, Morrie formed his own group featuring well-known jazz soloists---to include: Bob Sheppard, Carl Fontana, Rick Margitza, Eric Marianthal, Ralph Moore, Brandon Fields, among others. It was during that time that he had the great fortune of finding his lifetime instrument---a 300-hundred-year-old Pietro Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713.

In 1996, he built the superb MoSound Recording Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada: a state-of-the-art recording facility where he has spent much time composing and producing.

After relocating to New York in 2005, Morrie played in Jazz clubs, by night. By day, he was hard at work composing and recording his new CD “Time Piece”. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered at two of the finest studios in New York: Avatar Studios (formerly The Power Station), and Sterling Sound. In addition to using horn and string sections, Morrie chose a cast of jazz greats to perform his music: Adam Nussbaum and Gary Novak on drums, Bob Sheppard and Seamus Blake on saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Edward Simon and Mike Eckroth on piano, Lionel Leouke on guitar, string and horn arrangements by Gil Goldstein, and the sensual voice of Gretchen Parlato.Reviews::

Click here to read an in-depth interview with Morrie in Jazz Improv NY Magazine!

"Louden's virtuosity was apparent from the opening piece"
Don Heckman, Los Angeles times Jazz Review

“Time piece delivers one exciting and compelling musical treat”.
Edward Blanco – Allaboutjazz, Ejazznews and Jazzreview

“Morrie Louden succeeds brilliantly. A truly remarkable recording”.
Brad Walseth, Chicago Jazz

“Louden's Time Piece has scores of creative ideas – so many I was left wishing for a sequel”.
George Harris, All About Jazz
Morrie Louden

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