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Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison returns to the Columbia College stage for a pair of shows this weekend.
She will join the 22-piece Columbia Big Band and singers at 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday at the college’s Dogwood Theater.
Morrison has recorded and performed all over the world with a who’s-who of music greats including Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Band. She has also been featured on television appearances with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra as well as a Santana special on PBS.
Morrison was born in Michigan, and was already singing on Detroit radio shows by the age of 10. She moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and began touring.
Morrison has an impressive discography of recordings that include three Grammy nominations.
In 2008, she opened the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
Morrison has been a Columbia Jazz Series favorite for many years.
As part of this weekend’s shows she will perform standards and R&B hits with the Columbia Big Band including crowd favorites “Georgia on My Mind,” “Every Day I Got the Blues,” songs by Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, and Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”
Other featured performers in the big band will include David Tanner on drums, Clint Day on bass, LeRoy Bumgarner on piano, David Livingston on trumpet and jazz series director Rod Harris on sax.
Tickets are $15, and are available at Mountain Bookshop at The Junction shopping center in East Sonora, and at the Columbia College Bookstore by phone at (209) 588-5126.
Remaining seats for both shows will be available at the door. A shuttle for those who need it will be provided from the college staff parking lot to the Dogwood Theater door beginning 45 minutes before each showtime.
• What: Barbara Morrison concerts.
• When: Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
• Where: Dogwood Theater, Columbia College.
• Tickets: $15.
• Information: (209) 588-5126.