PERFORMER – EDUCATOR – ENTREPRENEUR
Originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan near Detroit, Grammy-nominated, Barbara Morrison’s twenty-year career as a performer, recording artist and educator includes appearances worldwide with some of the greatest names in jazz.
Morrison has performed with artists such as; Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Collette, Joe Williams, Gerald Wiggins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Hank Crawford, Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, David T. Walker and Jimmy Smith. She has touched audiences with her amazing vocals in such highly regarded venues as; Carnegie Hall, LACMA, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Bern Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival to name just a few.
A committed, generous arts educator and passionate performer, Morrison has spent the past two decades teaching ethnomusicology at UCLA while simultaneously running her own performing arts businesses and touring as a singer around the world.
She founded her own school of music in Inglewood, California, where she taught beginning to advanced music, jazz/blues interpretation and history, acting and concert performing techniques.
In 2009, Barbara Morrison opened a performing arts center (BMPAC) in Leimert Park with the goal to give creative artists a venue to express themselves while providing arts exposure and opportunity in the underserved community of Los Angeles.
Her most recent business endeavor is the new California Jazz & Blues Museum opening in April 2017 two doors down from BMPAC. The museum will feature exhibits of jazz & blues music and other important parts of related history.