Stanley Morton’s the name, and the saxophone and jazz are my passions.
A little unorthodox perhaps, I grew up in the Mammoth Lakes, California. If you’ve never been here before, we’re perched up on an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, and the views of Mount Morrison is something out of a postcard.
We’re in our own little paradise here.
And I attribute the serenity of my passion to the very mountains and lakes I grew up with. Serene and smooth in every way possible, I can’t count the times I’ve played near the lake with the only audience being the chirping birds and wildlife skittering behind me.
Fast forward, I’ve attended the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee – and I may have jammed out on stage once or twice, too.
Growing up, my pa used to listen to jazz and had an obsession with John Coltrane. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I started to relate to the sound of Coltrane. It’s as if the legend speaks to me with every masterpiece of his I hear time and time again.
The Birth of Mammoth Jazz
Jump forward 20 years, and here I am – still learning about jazz. I’m a keen saxophone player, but I am also an educator by nature. I find happiness in keeping the sound of jazz and the sax alive for another generation to listen to and enjoy.
Mammoth Jazz is an extension of this passion.
I attempt to teach, educate, and hopefully help some aspiring saxophone and jazz players along the way.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not Coltrane. My name will never be whispered in the same context as the master. But I am a modern saxophonist trying to make his mark on the industry in any way possible. From small local gigs to jamming out at festivals and taking in the sounds, all of it is a part of my passion.