Melissa Morgan Quartet last performed at the Bach on May 11, 2014.
The respected 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. Her fans are many in the SF/Bay Area, as evidenced by the enthusiastic response she elicited at her concert at Piedmont Piano Co. in Oakland in August 2013, and at Yoshi's Oakland in 2009. Presented in association with the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival.
Sam Hirsh - piano, Katie Thiroux - bass, Matt Witek - drums
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