VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE NEW UP AND COMING 21,000 SQUARE-FOOT CALIFORNIA JAZZ AND; BLUES MUSEUM AND; PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX ON SEPTEMBER 20TH
On Wednesday, September 16th Jazz Legend Barbra Morrison hosted The 3rd Annual California Jazz & Blues Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert Fundraiser Emceed by Jay Jackson & Albert Edmund Lord III. The event honored figures in the Music, Film, and Literary industry. It was also a pre-celebration for the fundraiser for the new up and coming in 21,000 Square-FootCalifornia Jazz & Blues Museum & Performing Arts Complex.
The concert will be taped for a Viral Facebook Streaming Event from The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center for the General Public to watch on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. PST at https://www.facebook.com/barbaramorrisonpac/
The Viral Awards Ceremony will be sprinkled with performances by
vocalists, Barbara Morrison and Dante Chambers, who will be
supported by an instrumental quartet consisting of Charles Small
(Guitar), Michael Saucier (Bass), Peter Buck (Drums), and Bernie Pearl
(Guitar). Barbara Morrison will introduce a new song written by
Michael Saucier and herself called “Put Your Mask On.” The
L.A. Swing Dance Posse will also perform. The show is directed and
choreographed by Chester Whitmore.
Admission for the Viral Facebook Streaming Event to be aired on Sunday, September 20, 2020 is Pay What You Can, with a $20 Suggested Donation.
- Donations can be made at https://www.facebook.com/barbaramorrisonpac/
- Cash App: $bmorrblues
- Zelle: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIST OF HONOREES, CO-HOSTS AND PERFORMERS:
- William “Mickey” Stevenson (Songwriter and Record Producer for
the Motown Group, joining in 1959, the year Motown was founded,
serving as the First A&R Director working with artists like The
Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder,
Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandallas and The Funk Brothers;
Author of “MOTOWN’S FIRST A&R MAN PRESENTS: The A&R
Man;” Co-Composer with Singer Deitrick Haddon of the new song, “I
Can’t Breathe” which was introduced by Whoopi Goldberg on The
View on Juneteenth, June 19, 2020.
- Blinky Williams (American R&B and Soul Singer/Songwriter; her
recording of “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness if I Do” is on the soundtrack
of Lady Sings The Blues starring Diana Ross. She sang the theme song
for the 1970s hit television series, Good Times.
- Phil Wright (Pianist; Producer for historical Chess Records, which
signed artists like Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Etta James,
Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williams, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley
(Accepting Via Video)
- Jay Jackson, Event Co-Host, Parks & Recreation, Former Emmy
Award-winning reporter for CBS@/KCAL9
- Albert Edmund Lord III, Event Co-Host, Deputy, Office of City
Council President Emeritus, and Councilmember for District 10,
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.; Emmy Award-winning Sound Editor for Law &
- Instrumental Quartet consisting of Charles Small on Guitar,
Michael Saucier on Bass, Peter Buck on Drums, and Bernie Pearl on
- The L.A. Swing Dance Posse will perform via video.
- Chester Whitmore, Event Director, and Choreographer
- Congresswoman Diane Watson, Former U.S. Representative for
California’s 33 rd Congressional District
- Robert Sausedo, President, and CEO, Community Build, Inc.
About Barbara Morrison
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 as the genius behind the music for the classic film, The Wizard of Oz). Morrison is now celebrating her60 th 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.