Aside from her prolific career as a legendary Jazz & Blues Singer, Barbara Morrison also serves as the Founder and President of the California Jazz & Blues Museum, which she opened in Leimert Park, CA in 2017 to house artifacts of California Jazz & Blues musicians. Morrison said, “The 1st Annual California Jazz & Blues Museum Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony is a fundraiser for the Museum to develop our digital arts program, so we can introduce basic coding, Android development, organizational structures, basic computer competencies and create an interactive section in the Museum which will give visitors an open source digital portal to the vast historical collection of Jazz & Blues available at the Museum and throughout Los Angeles. Our goal is to raise $25,000.00. Our Inductee Ceremony will recognize local, national and international Jazz & Blues legends for their contributions to the music industry.”
The Inductee Ceremony will be co-hosted by Jay Jackson (“Parks & Recreation,” Former Emmy Award-winning reporter for CBS2/KCAL9) and Albert Edmund Lord III (Deputy, Office of City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr.). H.B. Barnum, Aretha Franklin’s Music Director of 25 years, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. 25 Additional Induction Ceremony Honorees for 2018 will include: Helen Borgers (Jazz DJ/Classical Pianist, posthumous award to be accepted by her brother Ken Borgers); Mike and Carol Gliona (Blues Promoters); Corky Hale (Jazz Harpist, Singer and Pianist); Billy Higgins (Jazz Drummer, posthumous award to be accepted by his nephew Billi Redd); Linda Hopkins (Tony Award-winning Actress, Blues Singer, posthumous award to be accepted by Maxine Weldon who appeared on Broadway with Linda Hopkins in “Black and Blue”); KJAZZ Radio; William “Bill” Liston (Arranger, Composer, Band Leader, Saxophone, Film Scorer); John McClure (Promoter, Producer, West Coast Jazz Party); Billy Mitchell (Jazz Pianist); Ronald and Mara New (Jazz Promoters, Producers and Management); Michael and Lucy Peak(Bass, Jazz Promoters); Bernie Pearl (Blues Guitar, Singer); Bobby Rodriguez (Trumpet, Educator); Joe Rothman (Jazz Promoter, Producer, West Coast Jazz Party); Bill Selditz (Jazz Drummer, Producer); Richard Simon (Bassist, Educator); Jimmy Smith (Jazz Drummer); Sweet Baby J’ai (Jazz Singer); Kevin Toney (Pianist, Arranger, Producer); Dwight Trible (Jazz Singer); Al Williams (Jazz Drummer/Jazz Concert Promoter) and Dr. Lance Williams (Blues Historian).
Tickets for the fundraising event are $50.00 per person, plus dinner or a two-drink minimum per person. Reservations for the show and dinner can be made by calling Catalina Bar & Grill at 323-466-2210 or online at www.catalinajazzclub.com. Valet Parking is available. For further information about the levels of giving for this Museum fundraiser, please visit: https://go.rallyup.com/jazzandbluesmuseum
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About Barbara Morrision:
Barbara Morrison a multiple Grammy Award-nominated Vocalist and Founder of The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, was born in Ypsilanti, MI and raised in Romulus, MI. She recorded her first appearance on radio in Detroit at the age of 10. Well known in the Los Angeles area for her duo and trio dates 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,” wowing audiences with her band, The Bu Crew.
Recently she embarked on a 33-city tour of the United States, co-headlining in an all-star tribute to legendary composer Harold Arlen (most recognizable for his genius behind the music for the classic film, The Wizard of Oz). Morrison is now celebrating her 30th year in the music industry. Over the years she has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the Jazz and the Blues worlds. That list includes legends like: 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. Additionally, Morrison has guest starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band.
Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings. Barbara Morrison, along with Ernie Andrews, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album as featured vocalists with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
on the “LA Treasures Project.” In 1982 Morrison was Grammy Award-nominated for her vocals with Johnny Otis’ The Spirit of Black Territory Band and in 1999 she was Grammy Award-nominated for producing a jazz album for Al McKibbon.
Morrison performs in 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. Equally as striking is Morrison’s ability to belt out down-home, soul-stirring Blues. She is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies in the Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA.
In addition to her multiple solo recordings, fans have experienced the pleasure of Morrison's rich and vibrant tones on such notable film and television appearances as: The Hurricane (starring Denzel Washington), Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Duke Ellington and Johnny Otis’s CD “Ooo Shoo Be Dooo.” She has also appeared on the hit NBC-TV comedy, The Naked Truth, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Dennis Miller Show.
Morrison also performs at renowned Blues and Jazz Festivals around the world, including appearance at Montreaux, Nice, Pori, Carnegie Hall, North Sea, Monterey and Long Beach. She also frequently performs her Salute to Dizzy Gillespie and Tribute to Benny Golson. To learn more about Barbara Morrison and The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, please visit the website, www.barbaramorrison.com