Audrey Morris

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Audrey Morris
Born(1928-11-12)November 12, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 1, 2018(2018-04-01) (aged 89)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsPiano

Audrey Morris (November 12, 1928 – April 1, 2018) was an American singer and pianist who specialized in jazz ballads.

Biography[edit]

Morris grew up on the South Side of Chicago and had classical piano lessons in her childhood. Through the radio broadcasts of Your Hit Parade, she developed an interest in songs. In her school days she wrote lyrics; her idols included Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey, and Peggy Lee.

In 1950, she began performing in the Capitol Lounge; In 1954 she moved to the newly opened nightclub Mister Kelly's. In 1955, she sang with Charlie Spivak; 1956 with Claude Thornhill in the NBC television show Moonlight in Vermont. She recorded her first album in 1955 for the small RCA sub-label Label X (Bistro Ballads, with Johnny Pate); the following year for Bethlehem Records (The Voice of Audrey Morris with arrangements by Marty Paich).

She was offered the opportunity to record an album of film theme music for Warner Brothers. In the following years, she continued to perform locally; she was the leader of a trio at London House, a jazz piano club that also had stars such as George Shearing and Oscar Peterson. In the late 1960s, she limited her performances to her family. In 1981, she had another engagement at Palmer House.

In 1985, she released another album, Afterthoughts (with Stu Genovese). In the field of jazz, she was involved between 1955 and 2001 in twelve recording sessions.[1]

Death[edit]

Morris died at the age of 89 on April 1, 2018 at the Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Norwood Park, Chicago.[2]

Solo Albums[edit]

Recorded Album Title Label Catalogue No. Format
1955 Bistro Ballads Sung By Audrey Morris X Records/RCA VIK LXA-1028 LP/CD
1956 The Voice Of Audrey Morris Bethlehem Records BCP 6010 LP/CD
1985 Afterthoughts Fancy Faire Records FFCD1633 LP/CD
1989 Film Noir FF 7845 LP/CD
1997 Look At Me Now Audiophile Records B000001URH CD
1999 Round About Fancy Faire CD

Selected Compilations[edit]

Recorded Album Title Label Catalogue No. Format
1955(?) One Night Stand With Claude Thornhill Volume II Joyce Records LP 1046 LP
Today's Hits with Charlie Spivak And His Orchestra with the Honey Dreamers and Audrey Morris RCA Camden CAE 301 7" EP
1995 The Girls Of Bethlehem, Vol. One Bethlehem Records 40052 CD
2016 Bistro Ballads/Voice of Audrey Morris Fresh Sound FSRCD 901 CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lord, Tom. "Musician List". The Jazz Discography. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Reich, Howard (April 1, 2018). "Singer-pianist Audrey Morris dies at 89, was an icon of Chicago cabaret and jazz". Chicago Tribune.

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