Saxophonist, Bandleader, Composer, and Arranger Morgan Faw has grown up living around the United States, but grew up as a musician in Kansas City, MO.

Morgan has spent years establishing himself as an upcoming artist bandleader since his early teens. By the age of 15, Morgan had moved in pursuance of playing professionally and playing in multiple community bands across the Kansas City jazz scene. He was also hired as a marketing intern for the American Jazz Museum located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District of Kansas City where he had multiple opportunities to connect with and perform opening acts for jazz legends and heroes such as: Kevin Mahogany, Kim Waters, The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman, Ida McBeth, Benny Green, The McFadden Brothers, Ravi Coltrane, and many others over the next year and a half. It was his work with the Jazz Museum and his music studies that caught the eye of saxophonist Bobby Watson. He soon began teaching Morgan when he was 16.

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Faw performing live with Watson 

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Faw with The Generation Next Bigband, lead by Ralph Peterston, at the 2019 DC Jazz Festival 

He has been a featured performer for the annual Charlie Parker Celebration Festival, The Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival, and has performed all across the Kansas City area. He has also formed his own groups, performing locally, and nationally at the Jazz Educators Network Conference in New Orleans, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2017, Wally’s Jazz Cafe, The Blue Room, The Met (Philly),  and the D.C Jazz Festival in 2019 with Ralph Peterson. He has also been on tour with nationally recognized singer songwriter, Darius Rucker.

Morgan has not only been an aspiring musician. He also has worked with organizations designed to enrich the Kansas City jazz scene for current and younger audiences. Between 2017 and 2018, Morgan worked to help inspire a new generation of musicians through community work and spoken word events. At the American Jazz Museum, he played a critical role in the creation of the blueprint for their youth jazz program, officially known as the Kansas City Jazz Academy, which now has over 35 students annually. Faw is also now a member of the Advisory Council Board for The Burnett Music Foundation, a Kansas City area-based Jazz Non-Profit Organization. 

 

By the time Faw graduated highschool in 2018, he recived a Full Scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In his first year, he had the honor and privilege to perform, write for, and record an album with the late great drummer Ralph Peterson Jr. and his Generation Next Bigband, a band made up entirely of the best musicians at Berklee. Their album "LISTEN UP!" Including his arrangement of the Hoagy Carmichael classic, ”Skylark" is available on all streaming services. The band has performed at venues such as Dizzy's Club in NYC as well as Scullers Jazz Club, and The DC Jazz Festival. BUY A COPY OF THE CD here.

Now Graduated from Berklee as of May 2022 and with a new voice to share on the alto saxophone, Morgan spends his time as a bandleader with his quintet, “The Flame” and hopes that this collective of musicians will push the boundaries of improvised music as well bear the torch of their mentors and those that have left them their legacy to protect…