The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
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"History of Women in Jazz" California Jazz & Blues Museum Hall of Fame Inductee, Sweet Baby J’ai presents a musical journey from the beginning of recorded music to present day. “The History of Women in Blues” inspires and delights – from Da’ Blues and the rise of the Harlem Renaissance to the turbulence of the sixties and beyond, this tribute to some of the most influential singers in blues and jazz builds understanding and appreciation for the history and culture of the female experience in American music. The Los Angeles Times referred to Sweet Baby J’ai as, "Swinging, powerful, and haunting.” Boston Globe describe the show as, "History, theater and song, from a voice reminiscent of the Great Sarah Vaughan. Sweet Baby J'ai's tribute is a show you don't want to miss!"
“I Wanna be Loved" The Stories of Dinah Washington Barbara Morrison relives the stories of the music legend Dinah Washington in an excellently staged performance piece written by Michael Cornier and Ms. Morrison. Backed by the excellent Jimmy McConnell and his 18-piece orchestra, Barbara Morrison embodies the mood and sensibilities of the great Dinah Washington. The show continues to impress audiences and critics alike with its uniquely crafted presentation paying tribute to Dinah Washington, and proving “What a Diff’rence a Day Made.”

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Two Great Shows Just Added!
Dante Chambers James Geralden
To celebrate the 100 years legacy of both Nat “King” Cole and Joe Williams we are presenting two additional performances, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” Starring Dante Chambers performing the songs of Nat “King” Cole; and on December 12th, the 100th birthday of Joe Williams, will be celebrated with a tribute performed by James Geralden. Williams was Count Basie’s number one son scoring a huge hit for himself and Basie’s band with the hit single “Everyday I have the Blues”.
Join Us First Wednesday and First Thursday Each Month
First Thursday Blues This monthly Barbara Morrison blues concert features great local players and vocalists. First Thursday Blues events showcase different Los Angeles area blues bands each month, with an emphasis on straight ahead blues of all regional styles. An open jam follows the concert performance. Held at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, the venue features a large stage with outstanding sound and lighting in a concert-like setting.
First Wednesday’s Blues and Jazz Poetic Cafe A new monthly event in the heart of LA’s historic Leimert Park at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center featuring blues and jazz poets, writers, musicians, singers/songwriters. Award winning Jerzy George Kossek, blues personality - poet, singer, and promoter, hosts the show carrying interviews on the artists’ couch, illustrating how words and music collide. Lots of cool vibes, great jazz and blues poetry, lyrics and music. Open Mic for poets and lyricist. Fundraiser for Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to create a better space.
Calendar of Events

December 7th, Friday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 8th, Saturday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 9th Sunday @ 5 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 12th, Thursday @ 8 PM

A Tribute to Joe Williams

December 13th, Thursday @ 8 PM

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

December 14th, Friday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 15th, Saturday @ 4 PM

The History of Women in Jazz

December 15th, Saturday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 16th Sunday @ 5 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 20th, Thursday @ 8 PM

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

December 21st, Friday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 22nd, Saturday @ 4 PM

The History of Women in Jazz

December 22nd, Saturday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 23rd Sunday @ 5 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

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December 27th, Thursday @ 8 PM

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

December 28th, Friday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 29th, Saturday @ 8 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

December 30th Sunday @ 5 PM

I Wanna Be Loved

 

Important Links

Harmony Project

www.barbaramorrison.com

Songwriter Workshop

Open Showcases

Acting Classes

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