Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Morgan James Celebrates Nina Simone-Debut Album

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Soulful singer and songwriter Morgan James will be releasing her debut album Morgan James Live (Epic Records) on December 4th. Recorded at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate jazz club nestled within New York City’s Time Warner Center, the album features James’s stirring renditions of standards from the repertoire of Nina Simone.

James studied opera at Juilliard, and while the rigorous conservatory training went a long way in refining her vocals and building her remarkable range, she ultimately abandoned opera to pursue musical theater. Thanks to her unshakeable dedication and ingenuity, she soon worked her way onto the stage of some of the city’s most legendary clubs—and into prominent roles in Broadway productions like Godspell and Wonderland.

Not only embracing Simone’s raw, heady passion, James channels the sparkling eclecticism that made the High Priestess of Soul a key influence in cultivating her own singing style. “For a long time I wasn’t sure what to do with the fact that I’ve got this gigantic voice that doesn’t quite match how I look, so I ended up trying out lots of different things to find my way,” said James. “Nina refused to be pigeon-holed into any one genre, and she wasn’t setting out to impress anyone,” she said. “That sort of purity and lack of showboating means so much to me as a musician.”

2013 will mark ten years since Nina Simone’s passing.

James collaborated with music director David Cook in creating the musical arrangements at Dizzy’s in July of 2012.

Keeping up that balance between Broadway and her solo work, James will take the stage in Motown: The Musical in April. She continues to explore her musical depths by writing and recording her first full- length studio album, which she envisions as a more contemporary, pop/R&B record with blues and soul influence.

Visit Website | Purchase

Related Video

Shop

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.