Welcome to the web home of Dave Morgan and Being Time Records. You will find information about performances, compositions, and recordings on this site.  

The composer, improviser, and double bassist Dave Morgan has collaborated with a wide range of jazz, pop and classical artists. His most recent recording is Beyond Boundaries with the vocalist Amanda Powell. Morgan was a recipient of a “New Works: Creation and Presentation" grant from Chamber Music America, which resulted in his recording, The Way of the Sly Man, featuring Jack Schantz, Howie Smith, Jamey Haddad, and Dan Wall. Morgan also composed the music for The Surprise of Being—Live at Birdland by the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano. A Tri-C Jazz Fest concert of Morgan’s transcriptions and arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa for the Jazz Unit featuring Ernie Watts and Mark Wood earned an Award of Achievement from Northern Ohio Live. He performed this music as guest artist with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in December 2012. Morgan collaborates in crossover projects with Apollo’s Fire, the Internationally-acclaimed Baroque ensemble, and occasionally performs with The Cleveland Orchestra as a jazz bassist and bass guitarist. The American Wind Symphony Orchestra has commissioned several pieces, including “Colors of Your Dreams,” “Reflections and Mediations”, and “The Art of Seven.” Several of Morgan’s orchestral pieces are recorded on Centaur Records. The YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble directed by Stephen Gage is planning to release a recording of his compositions for wind ensemble, featuring several YSU faculty members as guest soloists. A current project is Blue Is More Than A Color, a recording of his recent works for large jazz ensemble featuring many extraordinary soloists including Pete Mills, Brandon Scott Coleman, Theron Brown, Dave Kana, Chris Coles, and Sam Blakeslee. This project, made possible by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, will be released in Winter 2019.

You can purchase The Way of the Sly Man by following this link. . . 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/morgandave

Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that The Way of the Sly Man "is a work of dazzling and haunting originality, deeply expressive, richly scored and abounding in contemplative and swinging personality - and played to the hilt by an ensemble of brilliant local musicians." You can read his entire article about the recording via this link: 

http://www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2010/09/composer_dave_morgan_melds_inf.html

Forms of Things Unknown, composed by Dave Morgan and performed by the Youngstown Percussion Collective, is available from Amazon, I-tunes, and CD Baby.  It is also available directly from the YPC website.  Here's a link to the the CD Baby page:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/youngstownpercussioncoll#.T6v62T1J7o8.facebook

Here's a video of Joe Lovano playing one of my arrangements of his music with the Julliard Jazz Orchestra. I'll be performing with Joe at the Cleveland Bop Stop on December 29, 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qgrvbI0sYE

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