Zoellner Alert: Two Jazz shows in September; Postmodern Jukebox Vocalist Morgan James and Hell’s Kitchen Funk Band
On-stage cabaret Morgan James on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Zoellner Arts Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9/9/2015 Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center presents its first on-stage cabaret of the season with vocalist Morgan James. The on-stage dinner begins at 6 PM with tickets priced at $62. After the dinner, for audience members who just want the show, there will be two performances, first at 7 PM, and second at 9 PM both with a $25 ticket.
New York-based singer and songwriter and Idaho native Morgan James casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice equally inspired by smoky soul, swaggering R&B, theatrical swing, and a virtuosic classical poise. She discovered her passion for music early on and pursued it wholeheartedly at the prestigious Juilliard School. While in the midst of the institution’s rigorous academic program, she soon realized that her path would diverge from the classical world.
“I didn’t want a career in opera, but Juilliard still shaped me,” she confesses. “The traditional training really made me a disciplined singer. I carry that with me to this day.” In 2008, Morgan booked her first Broadway show—appearing in The Addams Family alongside Nathan Lane, as well as in prominent and leading roles in Wonderland, Godspell (Turn Back, O Man), and Berry Gordy’s Motown The Musical as Teena Marie.
Morgan had a landmark show at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, where she paid tribute to Nina Simone with a set of songs that were closely associated with the legendary artist. The incendiary show was recorded and released as the critically acclaimed Morgan James Live on Epic Records.
“I always knew to make a neo-soul pop record,” Morgan says. “The foundation is all real ingredients, and those roots of soul and R&B are pretty strong. It’s the culmination of my musical life up to this point. Morgan assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection’s eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. “I sing like I’m never going to sing ever again,” Morgan affirms. “I wanted to capture that power and passion every time. At some moments, it might sound flawless; at others, it might sound like it’s going to break. I’m revealing something about myself with every song. You’ve got to do that.”
Tickets are $62 (6 pm including dinner) or $25 for the show (7 and 9 pm). Menu choices for dinner include “Voodoo” Chicken Bourbon and Lime Marinated Chicken Breast, Roasted Baby Zucchini, Puree of Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Chili Bourbon Glaze or Spinach and Cheese Agnolotti, Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Fresh Corn and Grape Tomatoes with Herbed Cream. For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS); visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12 – 5 pm, Tuesday 12-6 pm, and 90 minutes before curtain, or order online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
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