Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jazz Legends Benefiting Barbara Morrison, Sept. 11 at Local 47 Musicians Union in Hollywood

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Co-Hosted by Helen Borgers of KJAZZ 88.1 FM & James Janisee of KCRW 89.9 FM

This event, to assist the beloved Jazz Artist Barbara Morrison with medical bills she has incurred due the recent amputation of one of her legs as a result of diabetes, will happen tomorrow, September 11 @ Local 47 Musicians Union (817 Vine Street; Hollywood, CA 90038), from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person at the door. The event is open to the general public. There will be no advance sales or reservations. Refreshments will be available for sale. Free parking is available at Local 47 Musicians Union. Cash, credit cards and check will be welcome. For further information, please call 323-296-2272. To learn more about Barbara Morrison, please visit

Music producers Stuart Elster and Richard Simon will present A Benefit Evening of Jazz Legends for Barbara Morrison, co-hosted by Helen Borgers, on-air talent for KJAZZ 88.1 FM and James Janisse, on-air talent for KCRW 89.9 FM for One Night Only starring Ron Bishop, Peter Buck, Frank Capp Juggernaut Big Band with Ernie Andrews, The Bu Crew, Stuart Elster, Corky Hale, Art Hillery, Plas Johnson, Junior Mance, Richard Simon, Charles Small, Tierney Sutton, Tricia Tahara and Nedra Wheeler.

Also scheduled to appear are: George Bohannon, Dana Bronson, Tyler Combs, Teddy Edwards, Jr., George Harper, Jim Hughart and Yevette Stewart, Robert Kyle, Dee Dee McNeil, Ann Mack, Larry Nash, Glenn Novak, Ann Patterson, Bernie Pearl, Phil Ranelin, Nolan Shaheed, Lee Spath, Everett Turner, Al Williams, Dr. Richard Allen Williams, Phil Wright, and more.

Barbara Needs Your Help! If you can't attend, PLEASE VISIT
to donate.

Last July, Barbara’s diabetes condition advanced to the point of having to amputate her leg and she will be fitted with a prosthetic limb. She is in good spirits and promises to be back on the stage as soon as possible! Due to her medical bills and inability to work, some friends started a fund to help her through this tough transistion. Please offer whatever you can afford, no matter how small...any amount will help.
Thank you for your support and prayers.
Please keep the donations coming!!!
Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
4305 Degnan Blvd #101
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Saturdays - The Barbara Morrison Jazz Vocal Workshop 1-3 PM$30 per hr. Advance registration required (323) 296-2272 Sunday Jazz Jam 5-8 PM $10Musicians and Jazz Vocalist welcome to sit in with the PROS Art Hillery (piano), Clarence Well (sax), Harold Acey (drums) & Lester McFarland (bass)
About Barbara...

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and raised in Romulus, 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, ' wowing audiences with her band.

Fresh off a 33 US City tour, 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), Barbara now celebrates 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 Torme, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, and Keb' Mo. Additional, Ms. Morrison guest stars with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen's Big Band.

The dazzling Barbara Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings. She has dazzled fans of a wide aray 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 Ms. Morrison's ability to belt out down-home, soul-stirring Blues. Her impassioned renditions of old and favorite torch songs are nothing short of breathtaking.

In addition to her multiple solo recordings, fans have experienced the pleasure of Barbara Morrison's rich and vibrant tones on such notable film and television appearances as; the movie sound track for The Hurricane (starring Denzel Washington), Goin' Home: A Tribute to Duke Ellington and Johnny Otis's CD "Ooo Shoo Be Dooo". Additional credits include the hit NBC TV comedy The Naked Truth, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Dennis Miller Show.

In additional to her gigs with other Jazz and Blues groups and legends, Barbara Morrison also performs at the more renown Blues and Jazz Festivals around the world. Her many outstanding appearances, including those at Montreaux, Nice, Pori, Carnegie Hall, North Sea, Monterey, Long Beach, as well as her Salute to Dizzy Gillespie and her Tribute to Benny Golson, are fondly remembered by Morrison fans who return again and again to share her rare, unique and exceptional vocal gifts.

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