The Mandarin Blueprint Podcast focuses primarily on The Mandarin Blueprint Method online course and the Pronunciation Mastery online course. Creators Luke Neale & Phil Crimmins answer questions and comments from the online curriculum, discuss topics related to China and Mandarin learning and have special guests.
Dr. Murray James Morrison is a saxophonist, composer, and music educator. Originally from Canada, he has worked as an itinerant arranger, bandleader, clinician, composer, guest lecturer, and performing artist in cities around the world. Starting September 2019, Murray James will be a Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts at NYU Shanghai. Formerly, he was Head of Saxophone at the Popular Music Academy of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, where he taught jazz and popular music in Mandarin. He was also Head Composer for Rye Studios, a Chinese educational app developer. Murray James holds a Ph.D. in Music Performance from the Jazz Studies program of New York University. His teachers include a who’s who of contemporary jazz legends: Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Stefon Harris, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ralph Bowen, and acclaimed jazz historian Dr. Lewis Porter. Presently, he is preparing to record the follow-up to his debut album, Happy Every Day. Murray James lives in Chengdu with his wife Liu Liu and daughter Melody.