Barbara Morrison's Dinah Washington Tribute Returns to Catalina Bar & Grill Tonight
Barbara Morrison, the critically acclaimed and popular Jazz & Blues singer, will return By Popular Demand to Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 West Sunset Boulevard (just east of North Highland Avenue); Los Angeles, Calif., reprising her popular critically acclaimed signature show, "A Tribute To Dinah Washington – Queen of the Blues" accompanied by the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center All Star Big Band conducted by John Stephens for one show only tonight, November 24, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
Members of the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center All Star Big will include: Ron Barrows, Cindy Lee Bradley, Tom Bridges, Bram Glik, George Harper, Ron Hershew, Jeff Kaye, Mel Lee, Paul Nowell, Tom Ralls, Carl Randell, Tom Scott, Curt Sletten, Alvin Starks and Oliver Steinberg. Morrison's song list will include songs popularized by Dinah Washington including: "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," "This Bitter Earth," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "You Go To My Head," "If It's The Last Thing I Do," "Confessin' The Blues," "I Wanna Be Loved" and many more.
The Cover Charge of $25 per person. Reservations for the shows and dinner can be made by calling Catalina Bar & Grill at 323-466-2210 or online at www.ticketweb.com. Dinner or a two-drink minimum is required, in addition to the purchase of tickets for either show. Doors will open for dinner one and half hours prior to the show time. Valet Parking is available. For further information about the performance, visit the website www.catalinajazzclub.com. For further information about Barbara Morrison, visit the websites www.barbaramorrison.com and www.barbaramorrisonpac.com.
Barbara Morrison was raised in Romulus, MI. She logged her first performance on radio in Detroit at the age of 10. Since then, she has toured the world, dazzling fans with her two-and-a-half-octave range, in a wide array of genres from traditional Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Pop. Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings. Over the years she has performed with a virtual "Who's Who" of the Jazz and Blues worlds: Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips and many others. Morrison has also guest starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Doc Severinsen's Big Band. She has performed at Blues and Jazz Festivals around the world, including Montreaux, Nice, Pori, Carnegie Hall, North Sea and Monterey. In addition Morrison has appeared on the HBO television show, "Enlightened" and in a commercial for Kay Jewelers. She is the creator and director of the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles.
The legendary Dinah Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones on August 29, 1924. She has been cited as the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s and has been called "The Queen of the Blues." In 1959 she won a Grammy Awardâ for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance for "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes." She passed away on December 14, 1963, and was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.