Artists-in-Residence

Music

The Music Department brings nationally and internationally recognized professional musicians to Columbia for week-long residencies every semester. The artists lead workshops, master classes, and rehearsals with student ensembles in preparation for recording sessions and public performances. This year Columbia's Music department welcomes Morris Hayes and Tia Fuller.

About the 2022-23 Artists-in-Residence

Columbia will welcome two esteemed professional musicians to workshop, record, and perform with Music students as part of the 2022-23 Artists-in-Residence program: Morris Hayes and Tia Fuller.

Morris Hayes Residency Concert

Friday, November 18 at 7:00 pm
The Concert Hall at the Music Center
1014 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

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About Morris Hayes

Producer, Programmer, Keyboardist, and Musical Director

Music has always been an important force in the life of Morris Hayes. As a child growing up in the small town of Jefferson, Arkansas, music in the church touched his soul and inspired what would become a life-long passion.

He majored in Art at the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff but the lure of music would not be denied. So, Morris ended up “faking” his way into a college band. He didn’t know how to play very well but when the band’s other keyboard player quit, his desire and commitment combined with his natural talent helped him get hired even though he was not fully accomplished at the time.

After college, Morris continued playing in both church and anywhere else he could, moving from Chicago to Memphis to Austin in a short period of time. In Austin, Texas, and another musician created a band called “the Bizness.” Mark Brown, bass player for Prince and the Revolution, saw them perform and invited the band to Minneapolis to record a demo. Ultimately, Morris ended up joining Brown’s band, Mazarati. The band did not stay together, but Morris decided to stick around in Minneapolis and began work engineering with Mark Brown. During this time, he wrote, co-produced, and engineered tracks with Shanice Wilson.

Morris got his big break in 1991 when Jerome Benton asked him to play keyboards with the Time following the departure of Jimmy Jam Harris. They were big shoes to fill, but they were happy with Morris’s contributions and later that year, he toured Asia with the Time.

At the end of the tour, Morris formed a band called “G Sharp and the Edge,” which became the house band for Prince’s new nightclub, the “Glam Slam” in Minneapolis. Prince was so impressed that he asked the band to play with Carmen Electra as the opening act for his 1992 “Diamonds and Pearls” tour.

After the tour, Prince asked Morris to play keyboards alongside Tommy Barbarella in his band “The New Power Generation.” Morris would go onto be in the band for nearly 20 years as well as Prince’s Musical Director. (There were some Prince tours that Morris did not play on as he was also touring with Maceo Parker.)

When not on stage performing with Prince, Morris produced tracks for television and motion pictures including Martin Lawrence’s You So Crazy, HBO’s Laurel Avenue as well as some commercial music for both Target and 3M.

In addition to Prince, The Time, and Maceo Parker, Morris has performed live with some of the greatest musicians of our time including: George Clinton, Larry Graham, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Elton John, Babyface, Teddy Riley, Carlos Santana, Kenny Loggins, George Benson, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip, Mazarati, Janelle Monáe, Tamar Davis, Maroon 5, Shelia E., Eve, Ani Di Franco, Doug E. Fresh, Stevie Wonder, Questlove,Kool Moe Dee, Sheryl Crow, Nikka Costa, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Angie Stone, D’Angelo, Common, Shanice Wilson, Mike Philips,Erika Badu, Amy Winehouse, Bono and the Edge, Frank McCombs, Vernon Reid, Macy Grey, Angelo Moore, Debra Cox, Bill Banfield, Mica Paris&Mint Condition, and many others.

In addition to one of his most memorable performances when he played at the historic Super Bowl half-time show with Prince and the New Power Generation in 2007, Morris was the musical director for the official Prince tribute concert in Minnesota in October 2016, following the passing of his friend and musical mentor. Following that event, a number of his former bandmates in the original configuration of the New Power Generation reunited to work together again. They have since performed all over the world—including headlining performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, British Summer Time, Bluesfest in Australia, and North Sea Jazz Festival.

The only release of original music by Prince since he passed away was Welcome 2 America (2021), co-produced by Morris and Prince.

Learn more about Morris Hayes:

NPG Rehearsals for Official Prince Tribute with Musical Director, Morris Hayes (short film)

Morris Hayes on "The Project" (short film)

Morris Hayes on "60 Minutes" (clip)

 ‘Could You Make It Rain Harder (Billboard)

Prince’s New Power Generation Reunites For 2017 Tour, Singer’s Handwritten Note Praising NPG Released: Exclusive (Billboard)

Mr. Hayes on Prince and Bringing the Funk (That’s)

 

Tia Fuller Residency Concerts

March 2 to 4, 2023, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

March 5, 2023, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Jazz Showcase

806 S. Plymouth Court

Chicago

Tickets will soon be available at jazzshowcase.com

About Tia Fuller

Recording Artist, Composer, Educator, and Bandleader 

When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, educator, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and summa cum laude with a master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring, recording artist, and a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

Her touring accolades include being selected to be a member of the Beyonce’s All-Female band; where she appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Show, The Grammy’s, World Music Awards and many others. In addition, this Mack Avenue Recording artist has recorded five full-length projects with her quartet. Her most recent album, Diamond Cut, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Instrumental Jazz category; produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington, and legendary bassist, Dave Holland and drummer, Jack Dejohnette.Additionally, she can be seen playing regularly with Terri Lyne Carrinton, Ralph Peterson Jr., Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Rufus Reid, and many more.

This past December, Fuller served as the sound behind the music of animated character “Dorothea Williams,” the sassy saxophonist (voiced by Angela Basett), from the blockbuster Pixar film, Soul.

Fuller has also expanded her presence as a model and essayist being featured in J.Jill’s “Rhythm and Blues” campaign, Vanity Fair’s “Women in Jazz” issue, and wrote an opinion piece for NBCNEWS.com on “Sexism in Jazz.” Fuller has also graced the cover of Downbeat Magazine, Jazztimes, Saxophone Today, The Jazz Education Journal, and recently the Japan’s The Sax Magazine.

In addition, she has received numerous awards and marks of distinction including, winning Jazztimes Jazz Critics Poll for best alto saxophonist (2018), and Downbeat Critic’s Poll-‘Rising Star’ two years in a row for Soprano Sax (2014), Alto Sax and Flute (2013). In 2018, she has also received the Benny Golson Award from Howard University, the Distinguished Alumae Award and commencement speaker from the University of Colorado at Boulder and appointed as 2018’s Artist-in-Residence at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

As a Professor at Berklee College of Music, she also shares her expertise teaching over 70 students per week; directing the Rainbow big band and All Stars, the Esperanza Ensemble, repertoire class, jazz improvisation, two jazz combos and the Christian Mcbride Ensemble.In addition, she produces and directs large production ground-breaking ensembles such as, the Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Ariana Grande Ensembles.These groups focus on cross-collaboration throughout the college and is reflective of an “A-list” tour/production incorporating musicians, choreography, strings, dancers, video and lighting. Between balancing her teaching and tour life.

As an artist, performer, and teacher, Fuller feels that she is fulfilling her purpose here on this earth, which is to “serve as a light for others.” 

  • Meet Select Previous Artists-in-Residence

    Cory Henry with a student

    • Three-time Grammy winner Cory Henry (above) performed and recorded with several ensembles during his second residency in 2018. Read more about his residency.

    • Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris performed with students for a live audience at Chicago’s famed Jazz Showcase. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins joined Columbia students to perform a set of classic pop and soul tunes. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne workshopped and performed with students, sharing tips and feedback on the powerful work of songwriting.

    • Lisa Fischer was featured in the Grammy-winning 2013 documenary Twenty Feet From Stardom which told the story of the unsung heros of the music industry: backup singers. Fischer shared wisdom from her years building a reputation as a music legend in her own right.

    • Composer-musician Paula Cole shared insight with students about how to build a lasting relationship with fans by being authentic to yourself. She is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work.