Singer Barbara Morrison is Ready for Long Beach’s Upcoming New Blues Festival II
One of the highlights of Saturday’s lineup will be the performance of vocalist Barbara Morrison, chanteuse extraordinaire, showcasing many classic blues and jazz pieces. Barbara, who has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Keb Mo’, Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, Etta James, Jimmy Smith, Dr. John and Buddy Guy, took some time to talk about music and the upcoming Festival.
Q: Barbara, what do you think the connection between jazz and the blues is?
BM: Well, I think they’re one and the same, really. There’s more improvisation in jazz but the connection is the feeling. ‘The way you make me feel’ as Michael Jackson would say. ‘The way you make me feel’,……..I think jazz is a little more complicated, the blues has repetitive chords in almost every song but some forms you get in jazz also. Blues is the basic is the bottom is the base for jazz.
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