George Morin
George Morin

`Jazz in the Plaza' Feb. 9 features UTSA employee

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(Feb. 8, 2006)--George Morin quietly works as an early morning shift supervisor and customer support analyst in the second-floor computer lab at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The father of three also takes classes and plans to earn a bachelor's degree in business in December.

But Morin's co-workers and classmates likely will use other words to describe him after they hear him play the trumpet and flugelhorn with his band JazzSuave at the "Jazz in the Plaza" Homecoming event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

"I have tried to keep a low profile about my music all of this time and now the secret is out," Morin said.

Morin always has loved music. His mother played piano and sang and he picked up the harmonica in the third grade and began playing the trumpet in high school.

To create his contemporary modern jazz sound with a Latin flare, Morin "gets a groove going" with guitar player and producer Eddie Aleman. Then, they bring in the band, a group of other creative artists, and the result is magic, Morin said.

Co-workers attending a recent Christmas party got a glimpse of his performance ability, when someone handed Morin a wireless microphone and asked him to play Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."

"My co-workers were all shocked, because I'm basically a quiet guy at work," Morin said. "I knocked their socks off."

Morin expects the same thing to happen Thursday evening when he belts out "sexy wine" sounds in front of scores of co-workers, classmates and others in the UTSA community.

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