Murray James Morrison

Murray James Morrison
Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts

Murray James Morrison is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts at NYU Shanghai. He is also a saxophonist, composer, and music educator. Formerly, he was the Head of Saxophone at the Popular Music Academy of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, where he taught jazz and popular music in Mandarin Chinese. He was also Head Composer for Rye Studios, a Chinese educational app developer, and has worked as an itinerant clinician, guest lecturer, and performing artist in countries around the world. Recordings of live performances and compositions can be found on his website:



  • PhD, Music Performance
    New York University
  • MM, Jazz Studies
    Rutgers University

Research Interests

  • Jazz Music History and Criticism
  • Social Aspects of Popular Music
  • Saxophone Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • Chamber Ensemble: Jazz
  • 20th Century Music and Its Meanings
  • Songwriting