In 2010, National Public Radio members, listeners and staff voted Barbara Morrison as one of the "50 Greatest Jazz Vocalists," in the November issue of “All About Jazz.” Her melodic voice, with its three-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. A staple on the jazz scene, Barbara Morrison performs frequently with her duo and trio throughout California, and also tours extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, Barbara launched her professional career at age 10 with her first recording for a Detroit radio station.  She moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and began to blaze a trail around the globe, delivering performances that keep audiences asking for more.

Barbara has been pleasing audiences and garnering rave reviews for more than three decades.  In addition to a long list of her own recordings, she has worked with an A-List of “Who’s Who” in the jazz world. One of the hardest working and busiest jazz and blues entertainers in the business, she has an impressive discography of recordings that include three Grammy nominations and is among the most recorded jazz and blues artists of her generation.


Barbara has a steadily-growing list of accomplishments as a recording artist, with more than 20 of her own albums/CD's that feature a catalog of original compositions, popular standards - some live and some in studio.

Over the years she has performed with a notable artists in the jazz and blues worlds, including legends Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Esther Phillips, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Keb' Mo and many others. Barbara has also guest-starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen's Big Band.

Highlights from her career include a 1995 star-studded line-up television tribute to Ella Fitzgerald where she appeared with Mel Torme, Diane Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lou Rawls; a 14-city tour with the 1986 Phillip Morris Superband that travelled to Canada, Australia, Japan and the Philippines and included Jimmy Smith, James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Jon Faddis and Grady Tate; and as a co-headliner for a 33-city U.S. tour that featured an all-star tribute to composer Harold Arlen, composer of such standards as Over the Rainbow, Get Happy, Stormy Weather, It’s Only a Paper Moon, and I’ve Got the World on a String.


In 2008 she opened the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (BMPAC).  The 99-seat theatre and adaptable performance space is located in the historic Leimert Park District, the center of the African American arts scene in Los Angeles.  BMPAC is alive with music and arts-related programming every day.  In 2015, she launched the California Jazz and Blues Museum adjacent to the BMPAC. 

A partial list of Barbara’s performances include:

Pianists
Hank Jones
Joe Sample
Joel Scott
Cedar Walton
 
Drummers
Sean Dobbins
Sonny Emory
Paul Humphries
Martin “Smitty” Smith
Lee Spath
 
Saxophonists
Wilton Felder
Bill Liston
Houston Person
James Moody

Trumpeters
Terrance Blanchard
Carl “Doc” Severinsen
Nolan Shaheed
Clark Terry
 
Guitarists
Kenny Burrell
David T. Walker
Charles Small
Mark Whitfield

Orchestra Performances
Count Basie Orchestra
The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
Ray Charles Orchestra
The Crusaders
Bill Liston Orchestra
Doc Severinsen Big Band

Recorded With 
Kenny Burrell
Ray Charles Orchestra
The Crusaders
The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra
Tom Finley
Bill Liston Orchestra
Johnny Otis
Doc Severinsen

World Tour Performances
Crusaders
Phillip Morris w/Kenny Burrell
Jon Faddis
James Moody
Monty Alexander
Slide Hampton
Kenny Washington
Nils Orsted 

 International Performances 
London - Edinburgh Scotland - Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) - Norway - Sweden - Stockholm - Finland - France (Paris, Nice, Chedinay and Carrisone) - Poland - Germany (Munich) - Italy (Rome, Florence, Portifino and Cicily) - Austria - Belgium - Japan (Kobe, Tokyo, Isaka and Sappora)

Television

Fatal Beauty
The Hurricane
Alice Doesn’t Live Here
The Naked Truth
Roseanne


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