Oakland, Singer/songwriter Alexa Weber Morales recently released her second CD, Vagabundeo on Patois Records. She co-produced the CD with another Bay Area musician, jazz trombonist and three time Grammy nominee, Wayne Wallace. “Alexa is one to try things that others won’t. In this day and age of commercialism, I think it’s important to put out something with art in it.” Says Wayne of his newest artist on his Patois label.

Morales displays her versatility. She sings in four different languages on this CD, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese (she studied language at Bryn Mawr College) and she eases through four different genres ranging from salsa, to jazz, to bossa nova, and funk. Her vocals are dynamic changing from a resonating high soprano down to an earthy alto. Alexa performs beautifully on her own original compositions (five of the tracks she wrote) as well as ones by Bizet, Jobim, Edu Lobo and Ruben Blades.

She sings with confidence through a diverse repertoire of Latin, Cuban, Brazilian and African music, She seems to have an intuitive rhythmic sense and phrasing that is apparent on Bob Telson’s “Calling You”, the only a cappella tune on Vagabundeo- It really displays Morales’ vocal range and talent. On “Habanera” she takes Bizet’s famous aria from Carmen and puts a contemporary spin on it, her version starts off with Cuban pilon rhythms and ends in a jumpin’ salsa beat. On her own “The goddess of War” Morales infuses a funky Afro/Latin groove with lyrics of conviction of a woman fed up. These are just sprinklings of what she does on these recordings.

So who is Alexa Weber Morales? Born in Berkeley, California to creative family, her father was a novelist and freelance writer and her mother an aspiring vocalist. Alexa started her musical studies early; she began classical piano lessons at age five, and took voice lessons as a teenager. Morales traveled to Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Cuba where she attended the Escuela Nacional de Arte. After moving back to the Bay Area, she continued her music studies and sang at different venues while collaborating with local musicians.

Alexa Weber Morales recently completed a successful three-night stint at Pearl’s in San Francisco (voted best jazz club by the New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle). Among her future engagements are La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley (8/17); the San Jose Jazz Festival (8/19); Jazz on the Row, (Santana Row) in San Jose (8/21); and with Wayne Wallace at Yoshi’s Oakland in Jack London Square (10/9).

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