Jazz in the Loft: Alexis Morrast
Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Cash bar available.
Alexis Morrast, singer-song writer, is the youngest of six children and a 16-year-old musical phenomenon. She began singing in church at the age of three and was leading her first solo in the adult choir by the age of seven. She’s a two-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Alexis was introduced to a wide television audience when she won the nationally televised FOX-TV show Showtime At The Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey.
She has performed with world class musicians like Dionne Warwick, Barry Harris, Ray Chew, Amina Figorova, Alvester Garnett, Bertha Hope and numerous other Jazz luminaries. Recently, Alexis shared the stage with 91-year-old Jersey Jazz guitar giant Bucky Pizzarelli for the New Jersey Jazz Society’s 45th anniversary concert.
Alexis resounding voice has been heard on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – Jazz at Lincoln Center, the John Coltrane Jazz & Blues International Festival, in Cape Town South Africa and numerous local venues such as the U.S. Open, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and as the featured artist at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Clement’s Place.
Her influences include Stevie Wonder, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Lalah Hathaway just to name a few. Once you listen to her sultry sounds, you’ll know that this young girl with belies her age to such an extent that some within the Jazz scene have compared her to a young Ella Fitzgerald. The Coltrane Jazz Festival put it this way: “The voice, the song list, the stage presence are all astonishing.”
Jazz in the Loft concerts are curated and hosted by Lee Boswell-May.