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Morris Nelms

Morris Nelms

Morris Nelms, pianist/vocalist, grew up in Frederick, OK. He discovered Jazz at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and was instantly hooked. In 1978 he completed a Bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma and a Master's degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2000. Currently, he teaches at Texas State University. He has taught and played Jazz for many years. He currently teaches or has taught Introduction to the Fine Arts, Aural Learning, Improvisation/Combo performance, Big Band Performance, Jazz History, Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Voice and University Seminar.

He hopes you will buy the CD he recorded in 1999 with Cullen Offer, The Best Thing For You Would Be The Cullen Offer Quartet, on Progressive Records (PCD 7114). He can also be heard to good advantage on Ken Slavin's latest CD I'll Take Romance. Noel, the latest CD by the band Small World, is his most recent studio recording.

Previously, Nelms was the faculty pianist at Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies from 1994-1997.

Nelms has performaned with Snooky Young, Marshal Royal, Louis Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Kenny Washington, Al Grey, Sonny Stitt, Stephen Fulton, Kris Kimura, Jim Cullum, Baker's Dozen big band.

He has been the Praise Band leader since 2005 at the Buda United Methodist Church. For more information visit

Currently he plays every Saturday at Perry's Steakhouse in Austin from 6-11 and does free lance work in Austin and San Antonio.