Orchestra Performances(partial list)
Count Basie Orchestra
The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
Ray Charles Orchestra
Bill Liston Orchestra
Doc Severinsen Big Band
Recordings With: (partial list)
Ray Charles Orchestra
The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra
Bill Liston Orchestra
World Tour Performances (partial list)
Phillip Morris w/Kenny Burrell
International Performances (partial list)
London - Edinburgh Scotland - Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbaine) - 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)
Movies & Television
Alice Doesn’t Live Here
The Naked Truth
Spectrum Car Commercial
Barbara Morrison is Recognized by NPR as one of the "50 Greatest Jazz Vocalists" (Fall 2010)
Barbara Morrison 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.
Barbara was born and raised a short drive from Detroit, Michigan. The young starry-eyed 10-year old launched her professional career with her first recording for a radio station in Detroit. She moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and began to blaze a trail around the globe delivering performances that keep audiences asking for more.
One of the hardest working and busiest jazz and blues entertainers in the business, Barbara Morrison has an impressive discography of recordings that include 3 Grammy nominations. It is safe to say that she is among the most recorded jazz and blues artists of her generation.
As Barbara continues to add to an enormous stack of impressive achievements, she recalls highlights earlier in her career that will always hold a special place:
In 1995, Barbara performed in a star-studded line-up television tribute to Ella Fitzgerald along with Mel Torme, Diane Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lou Rawls.
Barbara still cherishes her role as vocalist with the Philip Morris Superband for a 14-city, one-month tour that kicked off on September 3, 1986 to travel to Canada, Australia, Japan and the Philippines. The band included jazz organist Jimmy Smith, backed by saxophonist James Moody, guitarist Kenny Burrell and Jon Faddis with Grady Tate on drums.
She co-headlined in a 33-city U.S. tour that featured an all-star tribute to composer Harold Arlen (most notable for his genius behind the music for the film classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”)
Barbara has a steadily-growing list of accomplishments as a recording artists, 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.
Check out the list of "50 Greatest Female Jazz Vocalist" and you'll find Barbara Morrison is on the list, chosen by NPR members, listeners and staff (this distinction was noted in the 11/12/10 issue of "All About Jazz")
A staple on the Southern California jazz scene, performing frequently with her duo and trio, she also tours extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Over the years she has performed with a virtual "Who's Who" 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. (see list to the right) Ms. Morrison has also guest-starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen's Big Band.
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, which is considered the center of the African American arts scene in Los Angeles, CA. BMPAC is alive with music and arts-related programming at least 6 days each week. BMPAC supports the national Harmony Project by donating the facility for the children to practice during the week after school. She also teaches a Jazz Vocals Workshop every Wednesday night.
The Barbara Morrison Performance Arts Center supports the Harmony Project. The children practice during the week after school. Pop. 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.
"I Wanna Be Loved" written by Barbara Morrison and Michael Cormier is a musical theatre production about the life and times of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, This award-winning production is presented on the 3rd Sunday every month at BMPAC.
Barbara has performed with ... (partial list)
Martin “Smitty” Smith
Carl “Doc” Severinsen
David T. Walker