Tommy Morgan News & Newsletter
Nov. 10, 1954 San Antonio Express review of a concert with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.
April 15, 1957.Letter from Ed Sullivan--
Foreword to the method book TOMMY MORGAN BLUES HARMONICA.
"Hollywood studio musicians have to be the most versatile performers in theworld because of the great variety of demands made upon them. My friend Tommy Morgan is outstanding among this top echelon of players. He can turn on the "grease" at a wild rhythm and blues session for Motown in the afternoon; and then put on his tuxedo and play the Villa-Lobos Concerto for Harmonica that same night at the Hollywood Bowl with the symphony. Brother, that's musicianship!"
Foreword to the method book TOMMY MORGAN CHROMATIC HARMONICA.
I recorded the score to "The Mexican", starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts (just nominated for an Academy Award for Erin Brockovich). We spent two days with the composer, Alan Sylvestri, and the director of the film at Capitol Studios with just three of us, Rick Riccio (whistler), George Doering (guitar) and me (chromatic and diatonic harmonicas and bass harmonica) working out the "color aspects" of the score. Our tracks were then overdubbed by the full orchestra the following week.
Tommy 'Phoned It In'......
A very interesting session occurred last week where I literally "phoned in" my part. The composer, Walter Bryant, was in Kansas City, Missouri, while I was at Bell Sound in Hollywood. They downloaded the music to a hard disk here. I then played the harmonica part to the track. They then shipped my track as well as the mixed version back to Kansas City. The 30 second spot was for the Missouri Board of Tourism. It took about 30 minutes. The is the second "spot" I've done for Walter.
The Code Whisperers
A current film I've been working on is the John Woo directed film, The Code Whisperers. This is the story of the Navajo Indian "Code Talkers" of World War II. In the picture, a native American plays Native American Flute, while my character, played by Christian Slater, plays the harmonica. The two play together in the film. The composer is James Hoerner. We've recorded two "pre-score" sessions for the film so far. I had a meeting with Christian Slater to coach him on how to look like he's playing the harmonica, as he mimics my track. This is an interesting job, as the harmonica is an integral part of the film and score.
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