Morris Wilson

Digital scan of original 8x10 photograph (Epson 10000XL).

On January 8, 2016, longtime resident and local musician of the tenor saxophone, Morris Wilson, joined the heavenly band. Morris discovered his passion while he attended Grant Elementary School. He met the saxophone, and he courted and wooed it ever since his transition.

The aforementioned nourished his soul along with other benefits. In fact, Morris has been an active member of the Minnesota music community at least five decades. He performed at many places throughout the city and evoked the memories of other tenor masters.

For example, here are two clubs from the past: Blue Note was located on the North side, and Café Extra-Ordinaire was located on the Southside. He also performed throughout the Midwest with many important musical figures of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Morris also recorded and produced some records and compact discs. Moreover, during a period of his career he was nominated for saxophonist of the year by his fellow musicians.

Morris is survived by two daughters, Staci and Shannon Kochendorfer, and a son, Kevin Kirkendahl. In addition, Morris has three grandsons and one great granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at Waterston Funeral Home, 4343 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis, on January 23, with viewing at 5 pm and service at 6 pm.