Joe is a highly sought after drummer/percussionist whose versatile style and dedication to his instrument has earned him world tours, countless recording sessions and tracks on major motion pictures and television shows. His professionalism and groove have made him a welcome addition to any band's rhythm section. Joe’s product knowledge, playing skills and great attitude are the reason he is an endorser and clinician for major drum companies.
He has released 4 solo CD’s. “Joe Morris and Friends” (stereo) which had 6 six songs chart in the top 10 under jazz. “Joe Morris and Friends” (5.1 DTS Surround Sound) thereby making Joe the first drummer to put out a solo CD in 5.1 Surround Sound. Additionally, this CD was used by Genelec for demo purposes at trade shows all over the United States and Europe. It received rave reviews. “Groove Therapy” is Joe’s dual release with bass player extraordinaire Ray Riendeau. This CD is just pumping bass and drums and really shows what can be done within a rhythm section. “Arrhythmia” This music is rhythmically complex, harmonically ambiguous and predominantly instrumental crypto-funk.
As a member of the Esteban Band, Joe is touring the country and playing live TV appearances as the band hits the Billboard charts on a monthly basis. Joe has recorded over 17 Esteban CD’s and produced the “Esteban Live” CD that went number 2 on Billboard. Additionally, he is on the “Intimate Evening with Esteban” video and the "Esteban and Friends" DVD which hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. Joe is also a clinician for major drum manufacturers, and the music director at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. He has performed in clinics all over the world. Joe Morris was chosen by The Fender Music Corporation to be the drummer on the Fender Stage at the 2002 Namm Show. Joe played with tons of different artists including: Greg Koch, Ray Riendeau, Gary Hoey, Kim Stone and Reggie Hamilton. He was also included in the Fender Clinic Tour featuring guitarist Greg Koch and bassist Ray Riendeau. When the clinic tour ended the band was invited to Steve Vai's Studio to record a CD. "Radio Free Gristle" is out on Favored Nations Records which is Steve Vai's label. Joe was featured on a track on the “Lords of the Bass" CD along with Dave Weckl and had the pleasure of playing Bass Day in New York with Ray Riendeau, Victor Wooten, Christian McBride and T.M. Stevens.
Joe’s touring and recording work includes movies, shows and artists like Jay Davidson, Whitney Houston, Paul Cotton, Poco, Esteban, Ramsey Lewis, Barely Legal, Lewis Story, The X files, Chill Factor, A Thousand Acres, Touched by an Angel, Chicago Hope, Millennium, Dallas, General Hospital, Another World, John Grishams “The Client”, Fame L.A. and many more.
Joe’s commitment and musical talent has created great opportunities and yielded great achievements. He will continue down this path and always strive for more.