How devoted is Barbara Morrison to singing the classic jazz and blues songs to which she has devoted her life?
So devoted that she has continued her career, almost unabated, since having one of her legs amputated because of diabetes in 2011.Now 68, Morrison got her start in 1973 performing with saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. Her other collaborators have included Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, the Count Basie Orchestra and Dr. John.
A longtime Los Angeles resident, she is an adjunct associate professor of jazz vocals and ethnomusicology at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music and runs the intimate Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park.
She last performed here in November at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall. On Friday, Morrison will be at the intimate Carruth Cellars, where she’ll share the stage with San Diego jazz singer Anna Danes at the February edition of Danes’ Jazz on Cedros series.
Jazz on Cedros’ “The Love Edition,” featuring Barbara Morrison & Anna Danes: 6 p.m. Friday, Carruth Cellars, 118 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $30-$50. (858) 847-9463 or carruthcellars.com/jazz-on-cedros/
--George Vargas is a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune