|Birth name||Melissa Morgan|
|Origin||New York, NY|
|Labels||Telarc Records, Concord Music Group|
Melissa Morgan was born in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she attended Teaneck High School. She began studying piano at age four. During high school Melissa began singing with local choirs and was soon performing with select classical vocal groups across the country and abroad. A highlight of her choir experience was a seven-country tour of Europe in 1996 with the U.S. Youth Chorale. As a student Melissa was recognized with numerous awards including 3 gold cups in the New Jersey Federation of Music solo piano competition, top ranking in the New Jersey all-state choir, and runner up for the New Jersey Governor's award for vocal music.
In 1998, she entered SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and studied with many prominent artists including Yolande Bavan of jazz vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan, Jon Faddis, Mark Murphy and Roseanna Vitro. While attending Purchase, Melissa appeared with the conservatory's Jazz and Latin Jazz Orchestras and was featured vocalist with the Purchase Jazz Band during a 1999 tour of Spain. In May 2002, she received a B.A. in jazz vocal performance.
Since graduating from Purchase, Melissa has been a regular performer at some of New York's top jazz room such as Cleopatra's Needle, Flute, G Bar, Smalls, Smoke and St. Nick's Pub. She has appeared with her own trio as well as other artists including Harold Mabern, David Hazeltine and Sam Yahel. In 2001 she was featured in performances with Jon Faddis and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars at the Blue Note in New York. Melissa performed at the 2002 New York Women of Jazz Festival at Smoke jazz club, and that same year was a guest on the Metro TV-NY program "Where to hear jazz in New York City".
In September 2004, she was named a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington D.C., the most prestigious jazz competition in the world, hosted by Billy Dee Williams and Herbie Hancock. Judges for the competition were luminaries Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Jimmy Scott, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Flora Purim. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition has launched the careers of a number of major young jazz stars.
|2009||Until I Met You
- Wilkins, Woodrow. "Until I Met You", All About Jazz. Accessed April 21, 2009.
- Alvarado, Monsy. "Bulletin Board", The Record (Bergen County), October 13, 1996. Accessed April 21, 2009. "Melissa Morgan, a junior at Teaneck High School, has been accepted as a scholar for the National Young Leaders Conference in December in Washington, D.C."
- Wulff, June (December 15, 2008). "A classic Debut". The Boston Globe.
- Staudter, Thomas (November 21, 1999). "Jazz Clubs Come and Go but There's Always a Gig Somewhere". The New York Times.
- Mitchell, Glenn A. (May 13, 2007). "LA Beat: Melissa Morgan With the Gerald Clayton Trio at Steamers". Jazz Police.