the Morphtet

the Morphtet

 Illinois, USA

the Morphtet is a piano-based acoustic barrelhouse ensemble that stomps right into reggae, soul, and stride. We tackle new standards and lay around with old boogie woogie drinking buddies.


the Morphtet formed in 2013 when three veterans of the Chicago jazz and world music scene began jamming regularly around the piano at Morpho Gallery, a north side emerging art gallery. Soon the group's sound coalesced around a boogie and barrelhouse approach to new and old standards, with some incipient original material drawing and pushing against influences from traditional jazz, including bits of reggae, funk, and interactive improvisational forms. A spate of gigs followed, and the band is hard at work on their first album's worth of homegrown tunes.

Set List

Cold Duck Time
Stride Natty Stride
Hot Tamales
After Hours
Tighten Up
Jump Nayabinghi
Quiet In The Barn
Linus & Lucy
Let The Good Times Roll
Marco Polo
You Haven't Done Nothing
Hit The Road Jack
We Can Work It Out
Midnight Special
People Get Ready
Flip Flop Fly
Yancey Special
Natty Dread
Lady Madonna
Night Train
Africa Unite
Mother And Child Reunion
All You Need Is Love
Rocket Boogie
Sunny Side of the Street
When A Man Loves A Woman No Cry
Brown Eyed Women
Minuet Inchy
Trenchtown Rock