If there is such a thing as an institution on the SoCal jazz scene, one need look no further than singer Barbara Morrison. Morrison has been a fixture in area jazz for decades since moving from her native Detroit, and has likely appeared in as many settings and venues as any jazz performer in L.A. Her well-publicized bout with diabetes over the past year has left her no less vibrant a performer, even with the challenges in mobility she now faces. Tonight she concludes a weekend run at Catalina, backed by the trio of Stuart Elster on piano, Richard Simon on bass and Lee Spath on drums. Go and enjoy one of the true divas, but get ready to stand up, dance and clap along — Barbara won't let you stay in your seat all night.

Jan. 7-8, 2012

LA Weekly