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News about American vocalist Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison

Rob Adams has written in to us about a heartening response from the Scottish jazz community rallying round to support American vocalist Barbara Morrison who has had to cancel a tour for medical reasons:

Jazz musicians from across Scotland are giving their services free in a series of benefit gigs for the American singer Barbara Morrison, who has had to cancel her fifteen-night run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.

The popular and always entertaining Morrison, who has suffered from diabetes for some time, has had to have a leg amputated due to complications brought on by the disease. She was due to appear at The Outhouse, a venue she particularly liked for its intimacy, from August 5 to 21. Musicians including singer Todd Gordon and pianist Tom Finlay have now agreed to waive their fees for performances between August 5 and 14 so that the £10 cover charge can go towards Morrison’s treatment bill.

Morrison, who spent seven years touring with Ray Charles and has appeared with Dizzy Gillespie, the Count Basie Orchestra and B B King, among many other significant jazz and blues musicians, appeared in Scotland many times after making her debut in Edinburgh in 2000 and in 2009 she won one of The Herald newspaper’s coveted Herald Angel statuettes, awarded for outstanding performances during Edinburgh’s summer festival season, after giving world class concerts at The Outhouse.

She is being fitted with a prosthetic limb at home in California and is reportedly in good spirits, promising to return to gigging as soon as possible. Her long-time friend, singer and official New Orleans Musical Ambassador Lillian Boutte will fill in for Morrison at the Outhouse from August 15 onwards and continue until August 28.

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