Intersection now bears name of LA jazz icon Barbara Morrison – Daily News


LOS ANGELES — A Leimert Park intersection was dedicated Saturday, Sept. 10, as Barbara Morrison Square in honor of the late, legendary jazz singer —coinciding with the anniversary of her birth and the inaugural edition of the Barbara Morrison Jazz & Blues Music Festival.

Councilwoman Heather Hutt, whose 10th District includes Leimert Park, Tim Morganfield, Morrison’s longtime partner, and members of Morrison’s family were on hand for the 10 a.m. ceremony at the intersection of 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard.

Morrison sang with some of jazz’s biggest names, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Kenny Burrell, Hank Crawford, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Ray Brown, the Count Basie Orchestra and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band.

According to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she served as an adjunct professor of global jazz studies, she performed at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with Ray Charles and sang at the North Sea, Bern and Playboy jazz festivals.

Born Sept. 10, 1949, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Morrison began performing at age 10 in her native state. Over the course of her career appeared on more than 20 recordings.

She founded the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in 2009 to bring music to the Leimert Park community. Morrison would often give free music and voice lessons to children and give them a chance to perform on stage.

She also founded the California Jazz & Blues Museum in Leimert Park in 2011.



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