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Alexa Weber Morales

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"Saucy and Picante!"

[Review of Wayne Wallace's latest album, The Reckless Search for Beauty]

Bill Withers' rhythm and blues hit “Use Me” features a saucy, picante vocal by Alexa Weber Morales, mixing English and Spanish lyrics. Mongo Santamaria's “Afro Blue” gets modernized with a deep bass groove and some soaring synth work in front of a multiple-bata rhythm section and a passionate, smooth-toned lead vocal by Alexa Weber Morales again, flying over lush vocal harmonies. - Dan McClenaghan,


Since releasing her aptly titled debut album Jazzmérica, exultant vocalist Alexa Weber Morales has bounced around town as a solo artist and in collaboration with the newly formed Bay Area Latin Jazz Orchestra. A genre-bounding performer who sings in four languages, she's especially well-versed in jazz and Latin music, delivering consistent soul-stirring performances. She performs with an all-star cast of resident musicians that will leave you entertained and enthralled. - Jesse "Chuy" Varela, East Bay Express

"Something different, something new"

Alexa Weber Morales sings with a dynamic force. ... Morales straddles the fence between established musical tradition and improvisation. She overdubs her own voice to provide backup singers and invites a multitude of percussion artists for a stirring arrangement of All Blues. She sings Autumn Leaves in French with a lovely ballad accompaniment. She delivers Clare Fischer's Morning brightly in Spanish with a cha-cha texture that puts a smile on your face. The lyrics are her own. ... While her eclectic mixture of musical arrangements done in several languages appeals to a broad audience, it also proves that she's proficient in each. Morales sells her ballads with deep affection, rides her street sambas joyfully, and digs into Jazz and Blues with heartfelt emotion.
- Cadence Magazine, November 2005

"The hemispheric diversity is delightful; her soul sees no borders"

Bay Area vocalist Alexa Weber Morales is an artist just waiting to happen. You can hear the enjoyment she derives from singing, as well as the chops that she's honed to get to this point on Jazzmérica, her debut outing. The SF Bay's Wayne Wallace, the extraordinary arranger and trombonist, co-produced the sessions with Alexa and created a patchwork of African-derived jazz fusion that is swinging. The hemispheric diversity is delightful. But I'm Weak is an original by Morales that takes us to Brazil. I Did It, I Live It is a "samba caribe," a gumbo with reggae, samba and Trinidadian flavors. All Blues is done in a 6/8 Afro-Cuban style, with John Santos on percussion. My favorite is the lush Manhattan Transfer-style vocal rendering of Clare Fischer's Morning. Overall, Morales shows on this album that she is a jazz singer at heart but with a soul that sees no borders within its musical perspective.
- Jesse "Chuy" Varela, Latin Beat magazine, February 2005

"A captivating multilingual singer/songwriter"

A captivating multilingual singer/songwriter, Alexa Weber Morales's debut recording, Jazzmerica, is an engaging collection of original pieces and standards set to various Brazilian and Caribbean grooves. From the hard-hitting salsa arrangement of Stevie Wonder's Smile Please to her sensual bolero rendition of Caetano Veloso's Luz do Sol, Morales delivers every song with a specific point of view, treating each piece like a carefully polished gem.
- Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times, December 2004

"Soul, passion and beauty"

“What a joy to hear Alexa sing these songs. Such soul, passion and beauty mixed with Wayne Wallace's exquisitely creative arranging and production touch is an inspiring combination.” - Mike Marshall, Partner, Adventure Music

"Her future is bright"

Alexa's considerable versatility, flexibility and talent, combined with Wayne Wallace's vision, make her debut recording a wonderful success. Her future is bright. - John Santos, Machete Ensemble

"Stevie Wonder would be proud"

Everyone knows about Stevie Wonder's penchant for Latin music. I think he would be really proud of this version of his tune Smile Please that Alexa Weber Morales sings in English and Spanish. Her originals are good, but the things she covers--All Blues, Clare Fischer's Morning--are just great.
- Mark Ruffin, Listen Here, March 2005

"An all-star cast"

Jazzmérica is a welcome addition to a body of work which is becoming more inclusive of a wider range of experiences and voices.
- Wanda Sabir, Entertainment Editor, San Francisco Bay View, December 2004


Vagabundeo/Wanderings (Crazy Monkey/Patois Records, Coming June 2007). Produced by triple Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace

Wayne Wallace: The Reckless Search for Beauty (Patois Records, 2006) Produced by Wayne Wallace

Jazz Valentines EP (Ekomi, 2006)

Jazzmerica (Crazy Monkey Productions, 2005)
Produced and arranged by triple Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace and featuring Frank Martin, John Santos, Ricardo Peixoto, Andre Bush, Michael Spiro, Paul Van Wageningen, David Belove, Edgardo Camb�n, Orlando Torriente, Melecio Magdaluyo and many others.

Selected Radio Play and Interviews:
KCSM 91.1 FM � San Francisco/San Mateo/Oakland/San Jose, CA
DJ: Jesse Chuy Varela, �The Latin Jazz Show�

KPFA 94.1 FM � Berkeley/Fresno, CA
DJ: Raquel Aguirre, �Musical Colors� (30-minute live interview with Alexa, 12/7/04)
DJ: David McBernie, �Music of the World� (30-minute live interview with Alexa, 12/10/04)

KALW 91.7 � San Francisco, CA
DJ: Dore Stein, �Tangents�

KMFB 92.7/96.7 FM � Fort Bragg, CA
DJs: Liz Helenchild and Doug Moody

KFSR 90.7 FM � Fresno, CA
DJ: Joe Moore

WWSP 90 FM � Madison, WI
DJ: Nick Marrero, �Latin Jazz Expressions�

Clear Channel 690 AM � Burbank, CA
DJ: Jon Denny, �Viva the Rhythm!� (syndicated to over 150 stations nationwide)

1470 AM, 1240 AM � Chicago
WFMT Radio Network, �Listen Here� � Chicago
DJs: Emmy-winning jazz journalist Mark Ruffin, and Neil Tesser
(featured as first album in a �Listen Here� segment on new artists encountered at the Jan. 2005 International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Long Beach). Listen Here is syndicated on 85 stations.

KVMR 89.5 FM � Sacramento, CA
DJ: El Leon (Leon Reyes)

WTCC 90.7 FM � Springfield, MA
DJ: Raquel Obregon

WDIY 88.1 FM � Bethlehem, PA
DJ: Luis Campos


Feeling a bit camera shy


Alexa Weber Morales combines clarion vocals, high-voltage rhythm and emotive power in one compact package. Fluent in four languages, she fearlessly crosses borders with lush, acoustic jazz, boleros, salsa and samba. A percussionist, dancer, pianist and tree-climber, Alexa writes songs about smoldering obsessions, resourceful outcasts, captured sinners and freed spirits. Her new CD, "Jazzm�rica," is produced by three-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace and boasts an all-star band including Frank Martin, John Santos, Ricardo Peixoto, Michael Spiro, Paul Van Wageningen, David Belove, Edgardo Camb�n, Melecio Magdaluyo and many others.

Career highlights in 2005 and 2006 include:
--Lead singer on new funk/timba versions of "Use Me" and "Afro Blue," among other songs on Wayne Wallace's latest release, The Reckless Search for Beauty (Patois Records, 2006)
--Lead singer for El Balajo, 19-piece latin jazz orchestra
--Multiple performances at Yoshi's, Pearl's and the Sonoma Jazz+Wine Festival
--International song placement of "Tu Amor," arranged for Korea's Orquesta Cobana
--"Down in the Everglades" receives honorable mention in the 2006 West Coast Songwriters International Song Competition
--Two annual performances with the Reno Jazz Orchestra
--2005 Monterey Jazz Festival Latin Jazz Clinician
--Featured as one of the most promising new artists to emerge from the 2005 IAJE convention on the syndicated radio show Listen Here! with Emmy-winning jazz journalist Mark Ruffin.

Alexa has performed with such artists as John Santos, the late Carlos Federico, Dave Mathews, Carlos Oliveira, Edgardo Cambon, Orlando Torriente and--as a child at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, California--Bobby McFerrin. At the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba, she studied with Andr�s Ol�n and Cesar "Pupy" Pedrosa, culminating her stay in a performance for the national conservatory. While there, she also wrote and performed her first salsa tune, inspired by the pure and pulsing polyrhythms of the island. Her first full-length CD, released in 2005, was the result of a magical collaboration with producer Wayne Wallace.