Guitarist Joe Morris has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has recorded and/or performed with, among others, Borah Bergman, Karen Borca, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell Jr., Eugene Chadbourne, Whit Dickey, DKV Trio, Hamid Drake, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Susie Ibarra, Raphe Malik, Joe and Mat Maneri, William Parker, Andrea Parkins, Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, and Ken Vandermark, among others.
In 1981, Morris helped to organize the Boston Improvisers Group, producing two festivals and many concerts. He also formed his own record company, Riti, and recorded his first LP, Wraparound, with a trio featuring Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Laurence Cook on drums. Riti released four more LPs and CDs. Morris has also recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, OkkaDisk, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity, OmniTone, and Avant.
Morris participated in a six-year collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist Lowell Davidson. During the next few years in Boston he performed in groups that featured, among others, Billy Bang, Thurman Barker, Samm Bennett, Andrew Cyrille, Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald, Joe McPhee, and Lawrence "Butch" Morris. He performed at the Shuttle Theater, Club Chandelier, Visiones, Inroads, and Greenwich House in New York, as well as performing with his trio at the first Tea and Comprovisation festival held at the Knitting Factory.
He has performed and recorded with his electric trio Sweatshop and electric quartet Racket Club. In 1994 he became the first guitarist to lead his own session in the 20-year history of Black Saint/Soul Note Records. Since beginning to play acoustic bass in 2000, he has performed with cellists Daniel Levin and Whit Dickey and recorded with pianist Steve Lantner.
Morris has lectured and conducted workshops internationally. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension and is currently on the faculty of New England Conservatory. He was nominated for a New York Jazz Award for Best Guitarist of the Year in 1998 and 2002.