Jazz vocalist, Melissa Morgan, performs at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society on Sunday, May 11, 2014, 4PM in Half Moon Bay. Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Concert with Ms. Morgan’s Quartet in beautiful Half Moon Bay. For tickets visit http://www.bachddsoc.org/artists/Melissa-Morgan-Quartet.php
Legendary SF Bay Area jazz radio programmer, producer and educator Dr. Herb Wong says “Melissa Morgan is a contagious, true jazz singer, and she simply grows on you with intoxication.”
A review of her debut CD, “Until I Met You,” describes Morgan as a jazz vocalist with a bluesy, soulful, R&B-tinged approach. Morgan, however, isn’t a belter or a shouter of the Ernestine Anderson variety, and she isn’t bluesy, soulful, and R&B-tinged in an aggressive or forceful way. Rather, she favors a more laid-back and relaxed sort of grit, drawing on influences that include Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday and Shirley Horn. But Morgan is more improvisation-minded and jazz-oriented than Wilson, who has often favored jazz-influenced traditional pop and jazz-influenced R&B over straight-ahead vocal jazz. Morgan thrilled her many Bay Area fans and delivered a knockout performance at the 6th Annual SF Pinoy Jazz Festival Concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco in October 2013.