Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present in association with the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival Melissa Morgan
Jazz vocalist Melissa Morgan makes a rare Bay Area appearance on Friday August 23rd at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Morgan began her musical studies on piano at a very early age. By the time she was in high school, she was already winning awards across the country and abroad for her skills both as a pianist and a vocalist. She received a B.A. in jazz vocal performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York and has also studied with artists such as Yolande Bavan, Jon Faddis, Mark Murphy, and Roseanna Vitro. She has performed at many of New York’s top jazz rooms and was featured in performances with Jon Faddis and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars at the Blue Note in New York in 2001. Melissa performed at the 2002 New York Women of Jazz Festival at Smoke jazz club and was a featured guest in 2002 on the Metro TV-NY program “Where to Find Jazz in New York City”.
A gifted, classically trained jazz and blues singer, Melissa Morgan at 28 combines the poise and maturity of a seasoned veteran with the infectious verve of a fresh new talent. You’ll hear elements of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Dakota Staton in her sound, but Melissa Morgan clearly has her own voice and isn’t copying anybody. Morgan debut CD on Telarc Records, Until I Met You has received glowing reviews and comments including “It is one of the most assured and enjoyable debut albums by any jazz singer in recent memory.” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “she is the one we’ve been waiting for.” (Dr. Herb Wong)
In 2004, Melissa was named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington D.C. Since then, she has quickly risen to heights unexpected for one so young. She has relocated to Los Angeles, California to begin a recording career and to extend her jazz audience throughout the West Coast. She is presently completing the second CD for Telarc Records. It is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2013. www.melissamorganjazz.com
This event is presented by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) in association with the Piedmont Piano Company.