Sidebeat Music’s exclusive with Barbara Morrison, American singer of jazz music, at her Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California.
Born and raised in Michigan, Barbara Morrison recorded her first appearance for radio in Detroit at the age of 10. Well known in the Los Angeles area for her duo and trio dates, Ms. Morrison also tours extensively, blazing a trail as a Jazz and Blues legend in her own right across the Continental United States, Western Europe, the Far East and “Down Under.” In 1986, Barbara toured with the Philip Morris Superband on a 14 city one month tour of Canada, Australia, Japan and the Philippines as Barbara did vocal honors with jazz organist Jimmy Smith, backed by saxophonist James Moody, guitarist Kenny Burrell, trumpeter Jon Faddis with Grady Tate on drums.
Barbara recently completed a 33 US City tour, co-headlining in an all-star tribute to composer Harold Arlen (most recognizable for his genius behind the music for the classic film, The Wizard of Oz). Over the years, she has performed with a virtual “who’s who” of the Jazz and the Blues worlds. That list includes legends like; Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips, David T. Walker, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, and Keb’ Mo. Ms. Morrison has also guest-starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band.
Barbara Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings. She has dazzled fans of a wide array of genres from traditional Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Pop. Her melodic voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, is known worldwide, as are her rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of both, familiar Jazz and Blues classics and original contemporary tunes.
For information on Barbara Morrison’s Performing Arts Center
Thank you so very much to Ron Brewington, Vice President of the National Motown Alumni Association.
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