US Jazz and Blues singer BARBARA MORRISON died on Wednesday, 16th March, aged 72. Morrison’s friend, Cathy Segal-Garcia announced the sad news, saying that Ms Morrison had been hospitalized for cardiovascular disease, adding that she was  “a warrior to the end. It is our feeling that rather than struggle with what was sure to be a really uncomfortable life for her from here on, it was her blessed time to go”.

 A child performer, Ms Morrison  properly began her pro career working with Eddie Cleanhand Vinson in the 70s. In a long career she worked with a litany of jazz and blues greats – people like Johnny Otis, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, James Moody, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Count Basie  and many more. Morrison also served as an associate professor of jazz studies at UCLA.